For the shoot I decided to bring a duet study I’d developed during a residency. I love this movement - it had stuck in my mind - but I couldn’t find a place for it onstage.
This movement resembles Tai Chi’s push hands, which cultivates “listening power.” The dancers listen to each other with only fingertips attached, gaze and breath linked, like a meditation. I hoped to allow us - dancer & filmmaker both - enough empty space to listen to nature as well.
When we placed this movement outdoors, I began to sense that listening to nature is different from people listening to each other. Something to do with the immensity of time that nature operates from, or its extraordinary physical magnitude when pressed against our own bodies.
During the first few days of shooting, I experienced a strange pause, and fear rising: Are we natural? Are we a part of nature? Are we even supposed to be here?