Can movements simultaneously connect to utopian aspiration and political despair? At a moment when we are increasingly confronted with right-wing conservatism, it seems urgent to disrupt progressive conceptions of time and create a stage for something beyond: what will a minoritarian mode of temporality look like ?
Four performers seem to be rehearsing for a queer time: extreme slowness, being out of synch, changes of rhythms, stillness and breaks are working on escape routes, refusing the deadening beats of labor and the state-sponsored hopeless tacts of being. The performers employ and often deliberately mix a range of dance elements inspired by hip-hop, dancehall, (post-)modern dance and drag performance. Even though they noticeably differ in their styles, they connect through sudden similarities, haunting movements, and body memories, producing and shifting their points of contact.
While the film’s end is also its beginning, the sequence of scenes offers an unpredictable experience of time, not least by raising doubt about how far slowness and ruptures are carried out by the performing bodies or by digital means.
Pauline Boudry & Renate Lorenz work together in Berlin since 2007. They produce films, installations and sculptures with a strong connection to performance, choreographing the tension between narration and abstraction, visibility and opacity. Their performers are choreographers, artists and musicians, with whom they are having a long-term conversation about the conditions of performance and the violent history of the gaze, but also about companionship, glamour and resistance.
Their works have been recently presented at n.b.k, Berlin (2020), at Centre Culturel Suisse, Paris (2018), at the Contemporary Art Museum, Houston – USA (2017). They also have represented Switzerland at the 58th Venice Art Biennale (2019).
Image : Pauline Boudry & Renate Lorenz, (No)Time (screenshot), 2020.