Psychologically, it can be said that our thoughts, aside from their expression in words, are simply a vague and shapeless mass. Philosophers and linguists have always agreed that without signs, we would be incapable of differentiating any two ideas in a clear and consistent way. In itself, thought is like a swirling cloud where no shape is intrinsically determinate. No ideas are established in advance, and nothing is distinct, until the introduction of linguistic structure. When these two combine, expression and communication are born to us and to our fellows.
From these thoughts come perceptions of ourselves, our lives, what has come and what may come in our futures. We sometimes reflect on these memories or ideas, and we think about the things that have never come to pass, decisions that might have taken us elsewhere in our lives, and opportunities that we have lost. But are they truly lost to us, or only to our minds? Our perceptions lead us to believe that these events and other lives are indeed lost, but when we look at our realities, there is no way they could be; they simply never occurred. They are but whispers.
This piece, Dialogue, is a culmination of these ideas, expressed in a multi-faceted performance format. We bring together two dancers from different cultures, both with things they have gained and lost within themselves. Then we give them their languages, their methods of conveying all these thoughts they contain. Dance, of course, is their first method, but not only are the two dancers interacting, their styles of dance are also combining and speaking. They converse as humans, not only to each other but involving their props, the audience, and the projection upon the wall, using all their senses and movement to convey and experience this dialogue of thoughts. Then this vast experience is shared and enjoyed with all who are watching and experiencing it themselves.
Choreographers and Performers: Constantin Georgescu and Shang-Jen Yuan 袁尚仁
Video Designer: Constantin Georgescu
Music: "When The Night Has Come" and "Grace Bit" by Jonas Wiese, "Stand By Me" by Ben E. King, Jerry Leiber, and Mike Stoller
Producers: Hsiao-Me Ho 何曉玫 and Meimage Dance
In collaboration with 41 Interior Architectural 四一玩作
Premiered in the New Choreographer Project 鈕扣計畫 at the Eslite Exhibition/Performance Hall in Taipei, Taiwan in 2013.
© Terry Lin