How to Do Things with Words

by Joshua Monten

How to Do Things with Words

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How to Do Things with Words is a "pas de deux" between bodies and graphic text, between language and movement. How does one dance with text? What new meanings arise when dancers manipulate objects printed with words and phrases? The results range from the literal to the poetic, from the meaningful to the absurd.
Printed signs may be flat, but they add a surprising depth to a dance performance. Lush physicality and a detailed movement language color a black and white landscape of printed text fragments. Playing hide-and-go-seek amongst clouds of interpretive complexity, the dancers invite the audience to participate actively in the search for meaning.
How to Do Things with Words is the first part of the Faking It-Trilogy, in which the Joshua Monten Dance Company explores their favorite kinds of fakery and falseness. Martha Graham never tired of claiming that "the body never lies." We beg to differ! Our bodies are adept instruments of deception. The very act of performing is inextricably implicated with telling lies — and we wouldn't have it any other way.

Choreography: Joshua Monten
Dance: Angela Demattè, Katharina Ludwig, Jack Wignall
Dramaturgy: Guy Cools
Light Design: Mirjam Berger
Costume: Catherine Voeffray
Props and graphics: Franziska Lüthi
Photo: Jack Wignall

Coproduction: Dampfzentrale Bern, Centre de Création Helvétique des Arts de la Rue (CCHAR)
Supported by: SWISSLOS / Kultur Kanton Bern, Kultur Stadt Bern.