A Newest Testament - the tent piece is on residency at the CCN Montpellier from February 20 - March 9 and premiere on May 4, 5 & 7, 2012 at Kaaitheater in Kunstenfestivaldesarts, Brussels (BE)

information on the residency can be found >>here

Premiere on May 4, 5 & 7, 2012 at Kunstenfestivaldesarts, more information >>here

From start to finish and from studio to stage, choreography organizes relationships between
people sharing a common space and time. Respecting the inherently political dimensions of this
definition, Tentative Assembly (the tent piece) addresses choreography as politics in an attempt to
understand and practice new ways of being together through artistic inquiry.

Today's unit of measurement is the individual. With the conflation of capitalism and democracy
in a globalized information age, people have never been more vastly networked and yet so
atomized. Contemporary subjects form temporary groups, belonging to various different
"communities" for precise and separate reasons. How, today, are individuals' desires, capacities,
and virtuosities mobilized towards shared knowledge and experience? How do we create material
and immaterial commons that support expanding horizons of independence and personal
freedom? How do the autonomous assemblies characteristic of today's multitude propose real and
functional alternatives to the homogenizing term "the people"? In a world of conflicting values,
beliefs, realities, truths, ideologies and world-views, we must consider pluralist ways in which to
share this world with Others. Various resources and issues force us to consider cohabitants of a
world that has become too small and with crises too large for neglecting, ignoring, or eliminating

In a moment of global unrest and political change, Tentative Assembly (the tent piece) works with
the intelligence and people-power of ten independent performing artists asking the question of
how it is possible today to utter the word "we" and stand for it, as well as where and when we
have no other choice. Absorbing political theory and current events into our methods of
collaboration and performance, the practices developed in the studio for this project are locked in
dialogue with the world outside, working through artistic practice and corporeal experience on
the necessity of proposing alternatives today.

Tentative Assembly (the tent piece), to premiere at Kaaitheater in the opening weekend of
Kunstenfestivaldesarts in Brussels in May 2012, is a sequel to Bauer's last group piece, a sextet
entitled A Dance for the Newest Age (the triangle piece). The two pieces will be presentable as a
diptych and are both performed in an equilaterally triangular performance area. A Dance for the
Newest Age (the triangle piece) performs the articulation and disintegration of one body out of
many, constructed mainly through the lenses of history and science, performing highly ordered
and symmetrical structures that eventually end in a playfully chaotic scene wherein the
performers, suspended in uncertainty, grapple with the contemporary experience of being alone
together. Tentative Assembly (the tent piece) continues from there, where A Dance for the Newest
Age (the triangle piece) left off, further investigating the reticulation and volatility of the
contemporary subject in relation to its social and physical environment. Where laws of form
preceded action in (the triangle piece), inquisitive action precedes form in (the tent piece), asking
not what it means to make shapes together, but what kinds of shapes emerge from tackling the
meaning and experience of being together.

Thus asking how we assemble today is also a question of where. In Tentative Assembly (the tent
piece), the scenographic work brings the audience and performers together in various efforts to
construct spaces within which to gather, structures that are not permanent but fragile and
permeable, an expression of negotiation with changing circumstances of which they are a part.
Tentative Assembly (the tent piece) is not a definitive answer to the world's problems, but an
invitation to the world's problems, harnessing the theater as a space of potential and the
performance as a meeting place and time in which to passionately exercise, question, open up
and develop matters of concern that cannot be ignored.

Eleanor Bauer / GoodMove presents

Tentative Assembly (the tent piece)

Eleanor Bauer

Dramaturgical Assistance
Pierre Rubio

Chroeography and Performance
Eleanor Bauer
Cecilia Lisa Eliceche
Magali Caillet-Gajan
Michael Helland
Liz Kinoshita
Michiel Reynaert
Pierre Rubio
Manon Santkin
Gabriel Schenker
Adam Weig

Chris Peck

Karel Burssens & Jeroen Verrecht / 88888

Colin Legras

Creation and Production Assistance
Tom Engels

String Figures Specialist
Philip Noble

Production Management
Caravan Production vzw

Kaaitheater & Kunstenfestivaldesarts, Centre Choréographique National de Montpellier
Languedoc-Roussillon (CCNM) & Jardin d'Europe, TAKT Dommelhof, Workspacebrussels

Caravan Production vzw
Handelskaai 18
B-1000 Brussel
T +32 2 226 45 82
F +32 2 218 74 53

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