I am over there, there where I am not, a sort of shadow that gives my own visibility to myself, that enables me to see myself there where I am absent; such is the utopia of the mirror. ”
Michel Foucault ‘Of Other Spaces’
Sighted, as a project, is formed of two works performed simultaneously. They are partnered both in their similarities and in their oppositions. However each is experienced as a unified and singular world. The project plays with what is seen and on view in relation to the sightlessness of either the performer or the viewer.
A maximum of 10 audience members can enter each space. The running time is 18 minutes.
The purpose of this project is to play creatively with the notion of a replicated space and performance whose existence is intimately linked to the first but appears to act in opposition. These are myriad worlds inviting scrutiny, falsifying identity and reality and a sense of virtual touch.
As with previous dance performance works we draw the audience’s attention to an acute awareness of place and the present moment, a feeling of uncertainty, participation, duality and wonder. We play with the balance between a sense of isolation and a sense of community, sound and silence, movement and stillness. Sighted invites sensitivity to temperature, touch, breath, physical adjustments, shifting focus, and the texture of materials.
Sighted is performed by Stine Nilsen and Martina Conti.
Breathtaking” : Time Out (Sighted at Royal Opera House)