this residency was the first time I was able to be back rehearsing in a dance studio since the COVID-19 pandemic shut down dance studios and dance institutions in NYC and beyond in mid March 2020. it felt like returning home, a sensation that could not quite be felt in a park, on a rooftop, or even in my empty Brooklyn bedroom. What is it about a dance studio anyway? – the quiet, the floor, the walls, the homey (or sometimes problematic, institutional) feel, the expense the expense the expense, fuck the mirror, the stress of the commute to get there again, the arrival to a space to be & work, the memories of all the studios, the memories of all the folx and all the work that have visited each space – how good, how strange and how easy it felt to be back in a space and body so familiar. I didn’t realize how much I had missed it until I was there. I welcomed in the present, the unknown, the familiar and the familial, and continued my artistic practice, without a focus on product. Something new is brewing, I’m not sure what, and I’m not trying to understand what quite yet, but this film is a collage of what has been creatively brewing in my body, brain and spirit this fall 2020. I’m excited to continue working. Thanks to NDA for welcoming me into their space.
fossil images by Murray Alcosser from Niles Eldridge’s ‘Fossils:The Evolution and Extinction of Species’
movement, drawings, text, photographs & sound by marion spencer
videography & editing by marion
LiftOff Resident Artist, New Dance Alliance, New York NY