Two foolish bodies fill an empty space laughing. They establish in a mode of constant eruption by forcing themselves again and again into the mere gesture of laughter until the moment when they start feeling home in it. When all of a sudden they can’t help bursting out into a laughter so strong and suggestive that it immediately spreads allover. It is a laughter at the ridiculousness of their own efforts.
Apart from its usual connotation as emotional expression or spontaneous reaction Marcos Simoes explores the laughing body as a body relating to itself in a powerful circulation between identification and alienation, openness and contraction, awareness and self-referentiality. In his duet with Varinia Canto Vila the dancers form two complementary parts of an organic whole. Two contemporary jokers, whose outfits remotely reminds of some haunted phantoms of (modern) dance history, invade laughter as a place to stay. They activate it as auto-poetic machinery, as a space of capitulation and potential at the very same time, as dead end and opening even though or right because it is the space, where the stable order of representation collapses over an unbridgeable void into a physical state of emergency. Laughingame takes the energy of the laughing body seriously and proposes a challenge: What if we try to settle in the voids? What if communication is started from where meaning ends and bodies shake their images in a constant, joyful tremor?
Concept by Marcos Simoes
Created and performed with Varinia Canto Vila (Performer), Marcos Simoes (Performer) and Christophe Albertijn (Composer).
Photos by Marcelo Mardones
Costumes by Patricia Fernandez
Created in and with the support of a.pass-Antwerp