Curated Carolina Ciuti
Contributors Alain Badiou, Jonathan Lahey Dronsfield, Pier Luigi Tazzi, Kornkrit Jianpinidnan, Anuwat Rattanaphan, Emiliano Zelada
Supporters Villa Romana (Firenze) CONAD del Tirreno
Paperback, 87 pages, 15 x 24 cm
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In other words, dance plays out the event before the event's nomination. It follows that, for dance, the place of the name is taken by silence. Dance manifests the silence before the name exactly in the same way that it constitutes the space before time. “La danse comme métaphore de la pensée", A. Badiou
Before the name is a performance inspired by "La danse comme métaphore de la pensée" (Dance as a Metaphor for Thought), part of the “Handbook of Inaesthetics", written by the French philosopher Alain Badiou. Based on the idea of the “event” in itself, with the aim of reaching a temporal and spatial tension, it becomes tangible by the spectator since dance shows - as Badiou says - the fore-name, something that comes before the nomination, or a given fact takes place. Before the name is organised by the artist as a system of flux, elaborated to put in relation the actions of two dancers from the Michael Clark Company of London, the critic Pier Luigi Tazzi, the philosopher Jonathan Lahey Dronsfield and the composer Emiliano Zelada; via the intensity of movements, sound and spoken words, the performance questions the meaning of a collective action, while it creates a tense connection between the dancers, the thinkers and the public.
Through their contributions the participants discover the ephemeral between movement and thought, dance transforming the space in a situation, the perception that thought is generated by movement, the body and its ability to stimulate the intellect.
Before the name: a book on an itinerant performance project, aims at tracing the trajectory of Before the Name, first presented at Wilkinson Gallery, Villa Romana Florence / Spazio K, MACBA, MANIFESTA 11 Cabaret der Kunstler. It collects the material produced during this journey: the preparatory sketches, a selection of drawings, photos, texts, stills, the music accompanying the performance, and the reprinting of Alain Badiou’s text "La danse comme métaphore de la pensée”, with the permission of the Stanford University.
The book wants to make evident the idea that a performance is not only an ephemeral expression, in documenting the different transformations of the action through time, it thus embodies another possible phase that originates from the personal elaborations made by the readers.