by Michael O’Connor
[8:tension] Young Choreographers’ Series
Nominated for the prestigious Prix Jardin d’Europe
Life Long Burning project (2013-2018) supported by the Culture Programme of the
For the past 300 years, Newton’s theory of gravity can predict with complete accuracy how two moving bodies would interact. Unfortunately when Netwon added a third body to his equation, it rendered the problem unsolvable. The best physicists can do for three bodies is to predict their movements moment by moment. For me, predicting the actions of bodies is not a mathematical formula, but one solved by empathy. It is suggested people with autism or sociopaths lack these brain functions that allow us for example, to feel with our eyes. ‘Watching is like feeling’ is a neuroscientific claim that TERTIARY puts to the test. There are no interacting minds or brains but only interacting bodies or persons.
Choreography/Performance: Raul Maia (PT/AT), Michael O'Connor (USA/AT), Karin Pauer (AT)
"More heated than affectionate, more aggressive than erotic, passionate in any case, [...] tangling and intertwining of three bodies into one." - Ditta Rudle