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Dewey Dell

Grave BUDA kunstencentrumKortrijk, BelgiumPremière1st and 2nd December 2011
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Tomorrow in Present Tense


‘Tomorrow in Present Tense' is an interdisciplinary research project on time, physical topographies and inner borders, touching upon scientific notions of proximity and distance and psychological notions of intimacy and rupture.
Starting off from the primal architectural matter and structure of space we will use every theatre as a ‘space - machine' that will be constantly transforming and redefined by the human presence giving meaning to endless places that will be created in the process departing from its initial creation of being a non place. So every performance will be growing, developing, expanding and shifting according to the place it is being developed or performed in.
For this interdisciplinary project we will also look into the social and cultural framework where the rehearsals and performances will take place. We will commence a research by asking people to articulate their vision of the future using the present tense. The idea is to collect different streams of thought from different people, in form of writings or interviews that we will undertake in every place where we will develop and create this piece.
Aim is to gather a variation of ideas, images, thoughts and impressions and to reveal a possible collective pulse of thought on how we think of the future and how it connects or differs to each persons life experiences depending on the country or neighbourhood they live in. Is there something we all share? The creation of this piece is an attempt to weave thoughts, hopes and stories together each and all rooted in the use of the present tense. Through this process time borders can be bridged and limiting coordinates transcended. Tomorrow in present tense will reveal an illusion of this temporal and spatial condensation, retaining a suspended fragility of the moment in a fleeting world.
Tomorrow in Present Tense is a working progress that will be composed until the moment for its next performance. But a storm is blowing in from Paradise; it has got caught in his wings with such a violence that the angel can no longer close them. The storm irresistibly propels him into the future to which his back is turned, while the pile of debris before him grows skyward. This storm is what we call progress.
Walter Benjamin "Theses on the Philosophy of History"