Magnetism and Symmetry

Recently landed: Magnetism and Symmetry, Gracia's written response for Fjord Review

The ritual began the moment I entered the upstairs studio at Dancehouse. Correction, the ritual began before that. As befits a work which looks at the liminal space between states, and between performer and audience, unbeknownst to me, it began in the series of actions I undertook to dress and walk around the corner to Dancehouse, ready to fill my agreed role as 'audience member' awaiting 'a performance'.

My part of the longstanding bargain upheld, I cleaned my teeth, tied up my hair, locked the backdoor, turned off my phone, and mentally prepared myself to become one part of an audience, to give myself over to the unexpected. "Attending a performance entails social and cultural reciprocity — whether prescribed, or intuited by the viewer. The occasion involves rituals, however small and little pondered these may be. No nineteenth-century patron of the opera or ballet would have thought of not wearing evening attire to a performance."

Compagnie Mossoux-Bonte's The Coffee Drinkers, Dance Territories, Program One as part of Melbourne Festival, at Dancehouse (Image source: Dancehouse)

Compagnie Mossoux-Bonte's The Coffee Drinkers, Dance Territories, Program One as part of Melbourne Festival, at Dancehouse (Image source: Dancehouse)