Always coming hole, 2021
Always coming hole is a choreographic reading space that travels between the virtual and the real spheres through the practices of writing, reading, and imagining. The project is part of a research around the interconnectedness of a group of bodies of water located in South America. It’s mostly a political exercise in taking a space as a point of departure, an act of listening to its movements and forces. As a first step, the project was presented online in the frame of Batard Festival in Brussels, where the work zooms in on Lake Poopo, a disappearing lake in Bolivia. As such, it starts with an end, and with the following question: if the lake would be a fictional character in a novel, how would its next life be?
“Bodies need water, but water also needs a body. Water is always sometime, someplace, somewhere. Even in our aqueous connections, bodies and their others/worlds are still differentiated. The question, then, of ‘what is’ is never sufficient. How is it? Where is it? When is it?. (…) If we are all bodies of water, then we are differentiated not so much by the ‘what’ as by the ‘how’”.
Two bodies on stage will follow an audio guided choreography. They have spent some time together creating ways to choreograph each other. Hopefully, they will be bodies of water being conducted, molded, re-shaped. Perhaps, once the “what” is released, we can make space for other “how’s”.
Direction: Paula Almiron
Creation and performance: Ines Marita Schärer & Paula Almiron
Space Creation: Eliane Bertschi
Voices: Paula Pacheco, Alan Calle, Saul Apaza Chambi, Paula Almiron.
Video Mapping: Eliane Bertschi & Ruben Vandermeulen
Lights: Dorian Stevens
Technical support: Jan Berckmans & Ruben Vandermeulen
Videographer: Ely Chevillot, Camille Sultan & Carol Van Hemelrijck
Video editing: Eliane Bertschi
Video sound correction: Enrique Paredes
In conversation with Simon Asencio, Eliane Bertschi, Sabine Cmelniski, Wouter De Raeve, Fabrizia Fluhler, Caroline Godard, Lili M. Rampre, and Louise Vanneste.
With the support of La Bellone Maison de Spectacle, Kunstencentrum BUDA, Louise Vanneste Rising Horses, Villa Empain (Fondation Boghossian), Bâtard Festival – workspacebrussels – Pianofabriek.
Video recording: with the support of De Vlaamse Overheid and Bâtard Festival
Excerpts from interviews:
Paula Pacheco is the regional coordinator in La Paz of “Agua Sustentable”, a Centre for the Support of Sustainable Water and Environmental Management .
Alan Calle is a rural teacher and activist living in the proximities of the lake.
Saul Apaza Chambi is the president of "Cuenca de Usuarios de las aguas del Desaguadero Mauri" (W ater Users' Basin Desaguadero Mauri) . He grew up on the shores of Lake Poopo.