Dance Marathon Journal #11

Ng Yi-Sheng

September 14, 2015

DANCE MARATHON JOURNAL #11

FUTURE MEMORY

CHOREOGRAPHED & PERFORMED BY

RANI NAIR

2 SEPTEMBER, 8PM

72–13

1h, no intermission

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RANI NAIR

RANI NAIR works in dance and choreography. She is interested in ideas of post-colonial conflicts and the body in social bindings. Her interest in the development and expression of identities in dance has prompted her to study various dance practices and experiment with hybrid dance forms. Earlier this year, she finished the Mejan Residents artistic course at the Royal Institute of Arts in Stockholm, Sweden. Nair sits on the advisory panel of the Swedish Arts Council. She is also a member of the queer feminist art collective Ful, whose last project was “Europa Europa”, created in collaboration with electronic duo The Knife. “Europa Europa” is an anti-nationalistic cabaret about migration politics in Europe.

RANI NAIR RESPONDS TO CHIE ITO’S ARCHIVE BOX

What were your initial thoughts on first receiving your corresponding Archive Box?

Finally! I was waiting for a long time – the Box came in June. It was so beautiful. It was very well-made, wrapped up in blue paper with gold coming through. It even sounded when I shook it, like bells.

From what you saw of the Archive Box, could you imagine what the ‘original’ dance was like? Have you seen the dance?

The biggest thing that came to me – it was a gift made joyous and playful, golden with little things to open and discover. I have a feeling that the dance itself is something other than how it was given to me, something completely different. Maybe it is not so. The Box contained many things. One of the things it ‘told’ me was “Open With A Punk Spirit!” on the top, which was almost impossible to do because it was so delicately wrapped up. I could not bear to tear it up! 

How have you prepared for the response presentation?

Well, because everyone has holidays in Sweden in June, it was very difficult. I couldn’t contact anyone – I would have liked to collaborate with some people. I think the idea of giving is central in this Archive Box though.

How do you archive your work as a dancer and choreographer?

I use mostly video though I think it can be deceiving. This Box contained a video of the dance; that’s why I chose this Box, since I had been working specifically with video on another project. I thought it would be interesting to try a few of those methods on this material.

How has working on this Archive Box project affected your notions of archival?

We’ll see.

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