Otherskin Berlin

Otherskin (Druge kože)
fashion show

Otherskin will be performed as part of Along the Walk http://alongthewalk.eu conference, at Pfefferbergtheater https://pfefferberg-theater.de in Berlin, 19th April. It is payed 200€ per person. You are engaged a day before, 18th April, for 3 hours and the 18th April for 6 hours.

The first day, 18th Aprila, I take all the performers through the choreography, treating you as public. The second day, 19th April, we gather and do the performance.

The performers are Maja Dekleva Lapajne, Mathilde Vrignaud, David Kummer, Aslan, Nikolina Komljenović, Marko Milić and me.

The touch is a stage. Performing is the clothing. Otherskin is a fashion show of collections of such clothing.

Otherskin is based on a performance DISCOntact where initial proposition is to take the space of touch as a space of a stage. Simply put: touch = stage. There we explore how to dance, choreograph and watch, observe, witness such dance and choreography.

In Otherskin we focus on the touch of the skin and the clothes. A dress or clothes is/are second & other\* skin. It’s the outer (first) layer of social self, a skin of social self. In Otherskin I invite you to explore what are clothes and what else can be worn / taken as a clothing, through the experience of touch=stage.

Otherskin is a practice and it is presented to public in a form of a fashion show which includes a performance as one of the activities of a show. I treat performance as a clothing of the practice of Otherskin.

The fashion show consists of three parts that come from the usual work on performance at certian venue: you firts set-up, then comes performance and then you clean up the whole thing.

In the first part I guide by voice everyone including the performers to find out and tune into how each one of us can watch the performance through the touch and in the touch. At the certain point the performers take off one part of what they are wearing and put it on one pile. This is the entrance into the second part of the fashion show.

After leaving a part of the clothing on pile the performers gather (standing or lying) on one spot and touch each other to form a bodyscape, a landscape of bodies and treat other body as a clothing. The bodyscape moves most probably slowly and unseemingly.

At the certain point a non-printed newspaper paper is introduced. Lots of it. By covering bodies with paper, the focus from bodyscape goes to more bodies as sculptures, since paper disrupts the seeming continuity of body.

Engaging with paper we move to third station which is a lots of gause. Here is evoked a state before the clothing becomes a clothing. Gause is half transparent and yet is already covering and protecting. Also as opposite to paper it is silent material.

Working with the gause we come to the pile of dresses the performers put down at the transition from first to the second part of the performance. They put on their clothes. Maybe someone also puts other people’s clothes on them. The play of dressing up entails.

Performers are invited to dance with all the experience they went through, treating dance as a clothing, they wear the dance. When everything physically stops, the performance finishes.

In the third part we invite everyone present (ie also public) to join in with the cleaning up and using the cleaning up of the space to the state before we entered the space in the morning, to dialogue the experience. When the space is as it was before the entrance of public, the performance is finished.

Notes

Note 1
“Other and “second” in Slovene is the same word, ie “drug”

Note 2
For me propositions include negotiation of all the elements of proposition. When negotiating an element of a proposition, I invite you that you come to the negotiation with a proposition for that very elements you are negotiating for. The negotiation can take form of any media (language, movement, drawing, sound, presence, absence, digital…), and does not need to be communicated only verbally.

Note 3
Yes, the whole proposal for the performance can take time. When I do this alone, it lasts approxiamtely around 2,5h hours. I imagine that with more people it can be even more time.

Note 4
The choreography is in constant development since it is a practice. For example there is a simpler and clearer proposal to watch Otherskin. I say: we propose that we take a touch as a choreographer. All the questions you have about Otherskin, ask them to the choreographer which in the case of Otherskin is the touch. So touch something or someone and listen for the answer to the question you might have.