WAYS OF KNOWING (working title)
performance for theatres, 2023
We are making a new two-part duet looking at uncertainty, prediction and prophecy, and other orientations towards the future. We’re curious about the tools, instruments and practices used to predict the future and navigate uncertainty. Does having methods for telling the future affect how we feel about it, or change what will actually come to pass? In the spirit of this, we are trying to avoid knowing too much about the work in advance; to discover the piece as we make it.
We’ve been drawing inspiration from weather forecasting systems using leeches, financial futures, cave exploration, corporate futurology reports, and the hermits and anchorites of the Middle Ages. We are working with movement improvisation as a form of simultaneous prediction and manifestation, ushering the future into the present moment by moment.
The development of Ways of Knowing has been supported by NDT Broadgate, curious directive, BOLD Elephant, Cambridge Junction, University of Greenwich, South House, and Battersea Arts Centre
Conceived and performed by Clara Potter-Sweet and Ben Kulvichit
Dramaturgy Nat Norland
Artistic support Charlie Ashwell, Karen Christopher
Photos Tamsin Drury
01 October 2022 / Emergency at Contact, Manchester [work-in-progress]