“I know you can be underwhelmed, and you can be overwhelmed, but can you ever just be, like, whelmed?”
– Chastity, 10 Things I Hate About You
Workshop. First delivered at DanceXchange, Birmingham. April 2018.
A workshop for dancers. Initially led through scores involving close muscular-skeletal attention, and sensations of ease, participants are invited to speak a series of short phrases (“I think it’s moving by itself”) that infect the participants movement and relations. The workshop makes use of the hysteria and vanity of valley girls critically interrogate the normative aesthetics and performance modes that shape contemporary somatic practices, and give rise to a collective improvisation of glee and self-absorption.