This project is my own search for physical closeness and intimacy. It is my way of dealing with the disconnectedness, loneliness and helplessness in the complex world we live in today. It is also a protest against the poverty of physical connectedness and empathy that is endemic of our times.. I want to use dance as a tool to connect with and to embrace another human body. Dancing becomes a shared act between two bodies as we reach out, come together, dance, play, make mistakes and try again. It is an intimate and personal encounter.
The basic idea of this work is that I ask strangers on the street to slow dance with me. It is a durational performance where I stand alone, holding a cardboard with ‘dance with me’ written on it. A performance happens spontaneously when someone decides to dance with the me. It does not matter if the dance is clumsy and awkward, the important thing is that we make a real physical contact and the barriers between our bodies are removed for the duration of a song. The public is required to be active participants and to make the decision to initiate the dance. Instead of ‘watching’ the dance from outside, this project aims to let the public ‘experience’ it physically and personally by becoming the other partner in the dance.