The Alan Sondheim Mail Archive

October 29, 2011



we just came back from a dance discussion event at the 92nd Street Y in
Manhattan. why are dancers so optimistic? the topic was dance education
and everyone was excited. there were videos and photographs that were also
cheering. I keep thinking of the opposite, of the depressive constructs of
my own work, its self-indulgent wallowing, its emphasis on _this_ body as
opposed to a communal or healing body. virtuality drives me to this
position, reality drives me elsewhere. is slaughter - of humans, animals,
plants, cultures, languages - the only conceivable future horizon? in the
long term all of this */he waves his arms around in an all-encompassing
gesture/* will disappear; information itself will dissipate to the
substance of irreconcilable differences. what then? what will happen to
these dances, these complex choreographies, these histories of somatic
knowledge, these very ancestries? where are the ancestors who will hear
us, who will answer us, who will keep the universe alive? where are they?
where are they? */he raises his arms in supplication/*

dead i fill you space and bring you

hasapi at
chambers and rooms with hasapi and motu
shrines and cathedrals it is year two it is year one

this hasapi it is shaman staff it is power
it is filling my architecture in my body absence of lead
it is filling digital space through analog source and digital filter
it says: you do not know what you are talking about
it says: it is your begu talking
it says: this is important it is neither here nor there
it says: this is important it is neither now nor then
it says: it is not important forget it you don't know anything
it says: begu, you are so silly

three studies

three studies of the goofy heart of darkness
great bodies and faces make fevers and death
excuse me while i cough my lungs out says julu
pardon me while i die of tumors says nikuko
apologies but ennui has me under its thumb says alan
inside the heart of darkness something terrible is happening
and yet inside the heart it is really terrific says jennifer

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