From 11 to 20 September Inteatro hosts Molayo Dance Company for a period of research dedicated to the development of a new artistic project.
The group tells:
Molayo is a Korean word meaning “we don’t know”.
In July 2013 G Hoffman Soto, a teacher, director and performer from the USA, invited a group of international artists to Bolozon in France to explore the creative process in both performance and life. Soto chose artists who share a common exploration of the somatic principle of wholeness but have many different approaches to how they bring this practice to their performing. This is how Molayo was born: we consist of 14 dancers, actors, musicians and acrobats from 8 countries: France, Italy, Canada, Korea, England, Australia, the USA and Finland. We are diverse in our age (there is a gap of fifty years between the youngest and eldest member), cultural background, sexuality and language.
We started with the question: what is dance? Soto has been involved in both eastern and western movement arts for over 40 years. He sees Dance as a practice of Life: our life informs our dancing/art and our dancing/art informs how we live our life. As well as engaging in the creation of performance, we are committed to exploring how we live, share, cook, eat and sit together. How do we practice our loving – of ourselves, of others, of the space, of the process?
“Spiritual Practce is not just sitting meditation. Practice is looking, thinking, touching, drinking, eating, and talking. Every act, every breath, and every step can be practice and can help us to become more ourselves.”
Thich Nhat Hanh
During our second residency, at Inteatro, we have been exploring themes of the secular and the sacred. Are they separate? Is it possible to be sacred outside the framework of what is considered spiritual? If dance is an act of mindfulness, and we don’t know what dance is, than can any action be dance, and can any action be mindful/spiritual? Within this investigation, we’ve been using the symbol of the monk’s robe and the action of bowing. What happens when the robe comes off? When we discard the symbol what is left? Does the sacred still exist?
We’ve also been looking at the idea of love and the human condition and asking questions like: are all emotions valuable and sacred? Can difficult emotions such as anger and sadness be a mechanism for waking up? How can love be expressed between men and between women without falling into habits and cultural conditioning?
The pieces that we’ve created involve dance, text, voice, music and acrobatics. Some are open improvisations and some are more fixed but central to our enquiry is how can we meet ourselves and each other in the moment and be vulnerable, open and available.
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