concept/choreography: Rachel Brooker
Music: Laura Mello
Dance: Rachel Brooker
Nahid Matin Pour
Video: Kosei Takasaki
Invitation is an interactive dance work which opens with the words: “This is an invitation to touch anywhere on exposed skin. You are free to touch, or not to touch. Please enter the space". Dancers arrange and rearrange themselves, offering and withdrawing parts of the body as they compose their invitations to the audience. In the words of reviewer Adam Bliss, “As I moved about the installation, I was struck by the tenderness and intense concentration shared by dancers and touchers alike”.
The piece was inspired by the following quote:
Things wabi-sabi are usually small and compact, quiet and inward-oriented. They beckon: get close, touch, relate. They inspire a reduction of the psychic distance between one thing and another thing; between people and things.
Leonard Koren, Wabi-Sabi for Artists, Designers, Poets and Philosophers
Choreographer Rachel Brooker read these words in the Tate Modern café. An image formed- dancers transformed into objects, offered to the audience to be touched, known, experienced. A reduction of the distance between things. Through a season-long rehearsal process and repeated performances the idea has developed and matured into Invitation, a unique and memorable performative proposition.
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