Letter of Response "Unfold the Thinking"
About "Unfold the Thinking" performance writing project
Performance Writing Project is a text-based project that includes documentation of the #DANCELESS complex and writings based on the works presented. We hope these writings will consider possibilities beyond criticism, transforming the understanding of the works of creators from various backgrounds into tangible and creative “documents” that bring an alternative awareness close to dance. Even when the performance piece has ended, the “document” will continue to circulate in the physical world, continuing the inspiration brought by the work.
This year’s Unfold the Thinking Performance Writing Project aims to respond to the theme “Think with the ( ) Body” by considering writing as a vehicle for thought and transforming reading into physical action. This year, contemporary dance artist Dick Wong is invited to co-author with six writers from different backgrounds, experimenting with the possibilities of writing performances beyond criticism in response to the creators/works of #DANCELESS complex 2023.
The direction of this year’s writing project is based on “guided readings”. The writers’ work on approaching the performance pieces will be collected in separate envelopes. Although the contents are text-based, they can also use images, symbols and typography to create “Guided Reading Letters”, which will be placed at the front desk for the audience to read before the start of their respective shows. The envelopes contain guidelines on the best time to read them (e.g. before/ after the show/ other). From opening the envelopes to reading the letters, the viewing experiences interwoven in the text will be unveiled layer by layer. The audience will gain another perspective on the work through these outside (or inside) readings.
At the end of the project, there will be a sharing session where the audience, writers, and curators will be invited to have a dialogue and discuss the relationship between performance, viewing and writing.