At a time when large gatherings seem beyond our reach and safe distancing is the new norm, how has the past year altered the ways we move and interact with one another in public spaces? In this intimate, participative experience, Hamburg-based media and performance art collective LIGNA invites you to explore the spaces that connect and separate, and to surrender to the now.
Dissemination Everywhere! is a different breed of silent disco that takes place in a wide open area. You are on your own on this journey, but you are not alone. Through guided prompts, soundscapes and instructions in audio choreographies by 15 regional and international dance practitioners, connect with what’s around you, sink into it, and breathe deeply while you perceive your surroundings with fresh eyes.
Enter into dialogue with the voices streaming in through the headphones as you move in response and reflect on how our relationships with our bodies have changed over the last year. The movements that arise belong to no one, but rather the dispersed collective you are part of—a web of bodies linked by these voices, yet cut off from the outside world. At a safe distance, test the boundaries of space in this timely exercise that reflects the new reality we are in.
First conceived as a radio ballet for arts activism in 2002, early iterations of Dissemination Everywhere! used the radio as a medium. Since then, the group has brought it to cities across Europe such as Vienna, Barcelona, Liverpool, Dublin and Lisbon, to huge success. Their radio ballets attract hundreds of participants.
Alongside 14 other dance practitioners featured in this Singapore edition, da:ns festival presents bharatanatyam doyenne Santha Bhaskar of Bhaskar’s Arts Academy. The consummate choreographer and classical Indian dance pioneer is known for her innovative style and meticulous pieces that constantly demonstrate the limitless possibilities of Indian dance choreography.