Sand Body started with questions regarding the body in relation to objecthood: How does an object perform its object status? Does the body that prefers stillness indulge a different way of seeing, one that traces and troubles the boundaries between objects and living beings? Does slowness, the quality of proceeding at a reduced pace, have an ancestral wisdom, or futuristic optimism to offer us now? What kind of beautiful vibrancy can the body that is slow illuminate?
In Sand Body, a disembodied voice gives directions. Who is being directed? Who is directing? What sort of implied agency does this voice carry with it and perhaps offer to those hearing it.
Choreography, performance, costume and set design: Meryem Alaoui
Lighting design: Hugo Dalphond
Sound recording: Jonathan Adjemian and Christopher Willes
Text: Meryem Alaoui and Christopher Willes
Production: Tangente Laboratoire de mouvements contemporains
Creation residency: Dancemakers Centre for Creation
Photos: Frederic Chais, Alejandro Santiago
Video recording and teaser: Dorian Nuskind-Oder
Performance filmed at the Wilder in Montreal // March 2017