This work is an invitation to confront the bodiliness of being human. It is a shared experience of the vulnerability of being a body, and of the power of being a body. It is a peeling back of one aspect of being human, the social skin that guards and protects all that is contained therein; the child, the infant, the animal, the organic mass, the incomprehensibly vast community of cells. It is a query to the wisdom of the cells, to offer some gleam of how to be one among many in a system that is vaster, more powerful, and more merciless that we can comprehend.
How does the cellular speak to the super-organismic? Can we love what is thoroughly and simultaneously our power and our vulnerability? Can we be just bodies together? Powerful and vulnerable, naked of the social? If we could, what would we gain thereby?
Jonathan is developing a new work driven by these ideas and questions. Research has been exploring what it would mean to choreograph the cells’ movement rather than the body’s; it has been reading, thinking, and writing about personal and systemic traumas; it has been grappling with how these two areas of inquiry relate.
An audience of four
The cells of the body murmurate like starlings
A puppet emerges from an egg
That emerges from a mouth
Exploring the landscape of the body
That it calls home
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