concept: Michael O’Connor
choreography/performance: Michael O’Connor, Brandon Gonzalez
vocal performance: Inertia DeWitt
music: Brandon Gonzalez, Inertia DeWitt, covers by: Percy Sledge, Al Green
sound editing: Brandon Gonzalez
text: Richard Feynman, Michael O’Connor, Brandon Gonzalez
“Poetry is the opening and closing of a door, leaving those who look through to guess about what was seen during a moment.” – Carl Sandburg
Loving is different than being in love. Loving is mutuality, attunement and modulation. Loving derives from prolonged contact and exposure of each body and person.
Based on the latest discoveries of neurosciences, Michael O’Connor and Brandon Gonzalez aim to cultivate love by creating an environment where their body systems can synchronize. As love is the foundation of life, it is urgently necessary to reveal that love can be learned and created as well.
Advances in communication technology foster a false fantasy of togetherness by transmitting the impression of contact; phone calls, emails, sms. But no physical contact is actually exchanged. Not only as dancers, but also as humans we must continue to value the importance of touch.
Limbic resonance is a concept that from our limbic brain, we are able to harmonize and become attuned to each other’s inner states through mutual exchange and internal adaptation, forming the empathic base for our social connections; in fact love is human kind’s strongest survival strategy. O’Connor and Gonzalez use the stage as a laboratory for creating what scholars, poets and songwriters have written about over centuries.
Using song, atmosphere, emotion and motion, two men on stage offer the proposal “Can love be seen?” The dance, like love, is improvised, searching of human kind’s most desired experience.
“I hold this to be the highest task for a bond between two people: that each protects the solitude of the other–R.M. Rilke
“For one human being to love another human being: that is perhaps the most difficult task that has been given to us, the ultimate, the final problem and proof, the work for which all other work is merely preparation.” –R.M. Rilke