2007, Fri, Aug 24

Koosil-ja

Dance Without Bodies

Koosil-Ja | (c) Judith M. Smith

Koosil-Ja | (c) Judith M. Smith

nomadic new york counters Manhattan's restless flow of money with "decelerated" in-between spaces. Their performance art refuses spectacle. It takes on a political dimension through the formation of temporary collectives which occupy spaces in new ways. The artists open up New York and New York through their nomadic coming and going, their avoidance of fixed structures. In Berlin they will tell us a story of life in the global metropolis, a story that we all have in common.


The choreographer Koosil-ja was born in Japan to Korean parents. Inspired by Gilles Deleuze's notion of the "organless body", which frees itself from fixed structures, Koosil-ja's works seek the state in which intensities can flow. In her walk-in live installation "Dance Without Bodies" (2006), the dancers follow video-projected and -multiplied movements, and their actions are in turn also projected. Every set is thus a new experimental arrangement through the immediacy of the performance, a theme that she has also tested in her collaboration with The Wooster Group.


Curated by André Lepecki, New York University