Two bodies exploring empathy and control: in their embraces, their holds and their lifts, all notions of care – concern for the other and care for the other – are at play.
Matty Davis & Ben Gould (US)
Matty Davis is an artist and choreographer originally from Pittsburgh, where his grandfather worked in the steel mills and his dad’s plane crashed. He grew up as a multi-sport athlete, which exposed him to visceral experiences of surface, injury, resilience, and play that continue to influence his interdisciplinary practice. Often collaborative—with other people, the land, and histories—his work begins with movement, mining and cultivating the body’s resources. Empathy, trust, coordination, and energy become key improvisational tools for the navigation of unpredictable relationships and undertakings. In constant dialogue, the body marks the world and the world marks it, amidst an ongoing search for transformation and connection.
Ben Gould is an artist currently based in New York City. Grounded in performance, his multidisciplinary practice is built upon collaboration, intimacy, and urgency – cultivated by a deep interest in how energy is directed, rerouted, transformed and transferred. After developing Tourette Syndrome four years ago, Gould’s studio practice has come to harbor a growing investment in the body; exploring limits, resistance, and the loss of control. Using this condition as a generative force, it has become material and a motor for movement-based performance, driving an evolving practice of energetic restraint, control, and release. Within a growing mythos, a space for fantasy and freedom is created for the corresponding videos, images, and objects that emerge from this process.
Matty Davis and Ben Gould will be giving a workshop for professional dancers at the Raffinerie of Charleroi Danse from the 28.06.21 to the 03.07.21, info: Visceral Empathy.
Eglise du Gesú, Brussels
In co-production with Charleroi Danse and KANAL – Centre Pompidou.