Always Already is an 8-hour performance installation. You’re invited to drop in and out over the 8 hours and also to see what gathers in the penultimate hour (5 till 6pm) where there is a performance embedded within the duration, using materials, text, sound and movement to explore the weaving together of plant, human and machine.
Through the act of performance, the two performers make a machine which assembles the performance — a machine constructed of 100 Forgotten Questions, which turns the room into a loom, and creates a space for the performance.
The 8-hour scale references the length of a working day. Weaving revolutionised the textile industry in the early 1800s, and subsequently influenced the early development of computing. The binary foundations of computing can be related to the loom’s warp and weft. These histories significantly affect the ways we live and interact, but often go unnoticed — they inform the project’s foundation. More about the research can be found here.
This event is free to access from the Birmingham International Dance Festival website.
MORE CONTENT TO EXPLORE, BEFORE, DURING AND AFTER…
READING: The Paper leaves and other constructions a reading companion to Always Already is compiled and edited by Karen and Tara and free to access from the Dance4 website. It features four people each responding to one of three questions the artists have been working with: “Define question,” “What is the difficulty in a dance of great difficulty?” and “Can you now sing of humans becoming other things?”.”
Paper leaves and other constructions reading companion is free to access here.
DISCUSSION: Join the artists and Dance4’s producer in and exclusive interview from behind the scenes in the final days of making. In this short video they discuss choreography, accumulation of small gestures, through repetition and through time.
This interview is free to access here.
TRANSCRIPT: There is spoken text in the embedded performance (5-6pm). A read-along audio description pack is available to support access to this if required.
Performance installation by Karen Christopher & Tara Fatehi Irani.
Always Already is a Haranczak/Navarre Performance Project.
Image by Jemima Yong.
Supported by Dance4 and co-presented as part of Birmingham International Dance Festival 2021, produced by DanceXchange.