Free Individual/ Free Society, 13 May 2014
In the late 19th century, before the advent of radio, telephone lines enabled remote audiences to listen to live performances and concerts. Artist Grace Schwindt used this rudimentary method of communication to connect the cinema audience to a one-off performance choreographed in an empty theatre. Based on a passage from Schwindt's new film, Only a Free Individual Can Create a Free Society, and featuring dancer Monique Smith-McDowell and a text prepared for the occasion by Bridget Crone, the event interrogated ideas of liveness, detachment and community as they relate to the body of both performer and spectator.
Only a Free Individual Can Create a Free Society attempts to take a system apart through a choreographically conceived working process that includes nine dancers, costumes, props, sets and a dialogue with a taxi driver, who was a political activist in the '60s and '70s.