Sasha Ivanochko, Brendan Wyatt
The set piece consists of multiple collapsable chairs, made for touring.
The sculptural body as a metaphor for psychic/sexual transformation. With masking, clothing and nudity, Ivanochko refocusses sources of surface identity. Gender and gesture are primary expressers and the centre of communication. The dancers appear as consorts, representing shifting degrees of masculine and feminine energy. Physical states used in the piece suggest an energetic imbalance- agitation, lethargy, the constant need to sit down, etc.. The course of the piece reveals the dancers in combative collaboration, shifting the balance of energy between them to find equilibrium. Transactions are violent and immoral, yet complicit and purposeful. While masking the bodies provides the viewer with a subjective image, Ivanochko taps into contemporary collective archetypes sewn deeply into the core of our humanity. The dancers as people are palpably authentic. “Every Man” is revealed in the work.