Durational Performance at 912 Julia Gallery, New Orleans
On August 16, 2019 Hannah Krafcik and I offered an interactive time-based performance centering care practices from our working lives and research. In preparation for a physically exhausting performance at the following day, we created scapes of nourishing care gestures informed by and in dialogue with the exhibition 912 + Friends. Inspired by the exhibition's central curatorial thread of personal relationships and connections, we developed a care dance informed by our relationship to one another and the flow of relationships that has propelled us to this particular spacetime.
Attendees were invited to participate by signing up for 5-minute-long, consent-oriented sessions of physical care work, offered by us intermittently during the performance.
Hannah Krafcik (she/they) and Emily Jones (she/her) are artists with a range of dance practices, including contemporary and improvisational forms as well as site-specific research. They met in 2016 after both moving to Portland, OR, and began a weekly movement practice in Hannah’s living room. Shaped by this early gestation period in close quarters, their performances take place in intimate settings, asking audience members to consider their own physical and psychic distance from the content performed. Hannah and Emily work with an ethics of queer and femme relationality, seeking out context and critical awareness from within their practices. Using improvised scores and contact-based choreography, they create visceral works that are informed by a deep sensitivity to power dynamics.