Darkness manifesto

Turn on the darkness!

– Darkness is always relational

 

– Darkness is not something in itself

 

– In darkness, something radical happen to the body

 

– Can darkness be a form of light?

 

(notes and pictures from Performing Arts Relay lab process, co-created by the participating artists, Canada, 2018) 

 

I 2018 var SenseScapes (nu DraumVærk) inviteret af Teater Seachange, til at medvirke i et kunstnerisk laboratorium på universitetet i Calgary, Canada. I programmet deltog forskere og scenekunstnere fra hele verden, og SenseScapes faciliterede tre dages intense undersøgelser af mørke som kunstnerisk tema, strategi og som fysisk materiale. Efterfølgene skrev performer og facilitator Lotus Lykke Skov et manifest, som nu danner udgangspunkt for DraumVærks metodiske udforskning af æstetiske oplevelser i, om og med mørke. Fra 2021 og frem vil undersøgelse af mørkets mangeartede væsen fortsat spille en vigtig rolle i vores kunstneriske arbejde – gennem forestillinger, workshops, vandringer og andre formater. 

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In 2018 SenseScapes (now DraumVærk) was invited by Theater Seachange to participate in an performing arts laboratory at the University of Calgary, Canada, with performing artists and researchers from around the world. SenseScapes facilitated three days of intense explorations of darkness as an artistic theme, strategy and as physical material. By the end of the laboratory, performer and facilitator Lotus Lykke Skov wrote the darkness manifesto which now forms the methodological ground of DraumVærk’s investigations of aethetic experiences in, around and with the dark. From 2021 an onwards, explorations of the multifarious and poetic darkness will continue to play an important role in our artistic work – through performances, workshops, walks and other formats.   

 

DARKNESS MANIFESTo

    There is nothing interesting in the good and bad darkness

 

    Interesting is: the beauty of darkness

the ugliness of darkness

the secrets of darkness

the comfort of darkness

the terror of darkness

the loneliness of darkness

the sensuality of darkness

the wildness of darkness

the silence of darkness

the mystery of darkness

the fascination of darkness

the roughness of darkness

the lightness of darkness

the emptiness of darkness

the enlightenment of darkness

the wonder of darkness

the intensity of darkness

the art of darkness

the dark life of darkness

the matter of darkness

the hunger of darkness

the longing of darkness

the air of darkness

the music of darkness

the stillness of darkness

the size of darkness

the infinity of darkness

the incomprehensibility of darkness

the inaccessibility of darkness

the origin of darkness

the restlessness of darkness

the haunting spirits of darkness

the bloody brutality of darkness

the necessity of darkness

the death of darkness

the relief of darkness

the power of darkness

the vulnerability of darkness

the voices of darkness

the skin of darkness

the otherness of darkness

the playfulness of darkness

 

the I want you here and now of darkness

the please get out of my sight of darkness

the ancient wisdom of darkness

the lets take time to pause of darkness

the invitation to stay with the trouble of darkness

the national political grief of darkness

the surprising friendliness of darkness

the hide and seek of darkness

the welcome home of darkness

the wow! I can´t see my own hand of darkness

the imaginary wonderland of darkness

the traumatizing sounds of darkness

the shared theatrical space of darkness

 

the poetics of darknes