With: Francesca Banchelli, Jonathan Lahey Dronsfield, Pier Luigi Tazzi, Emiliano Zelada. Julie Cunningham & Harry Alexander (from the Michael Clark Company, London). With the special participation of Anuwat Rattanaphan.
Thanks to Istituto Italiano di Cultura di Barcellona
Curated by: Carolina Ciuti
Alain Badiou: excerpts from “The Event of Truth” (2002) and “Toward A Positive Definition of The Infinite” (2011), lectures given at The European Graduate School of Geneva.
Jonathan Lahey Dronsfield: “10 engagements with Badiou, on love from the perspective of one who distrusts him” and “Paul Celan: A Conversation in the mountain (Spinoza reprise)”.
Pier Luigi Tazzi: excerpts from Haruki Murakami “Dance Dance Dance”; “Loss of Memory: Nazario” (2016); “Dates Places Names” (2015/2016)
ph. credits Maria Rodenas
Before the name is a performance inspired by the text of Alain Badiou, La danse comme métaphore de la pensée, part of the "Petit manuel d'inesthétique" written by the French philosopher in 1998, which considers the relationship between dance and thought in its germinal and revolutionary phase, associated to the event. It is a choral performance formed by dancers, storytellers and musicians, whose encounter and sharing of space and time, organised within a tight script, generates a series of events. The movement collides with a real entourage of tensions, connected to life and experience: dance, as a concept, dissolves into travel, life, debris, objects, images, teaching and meeting, in its closer aspects to becoming, and its transitionary state between body and mind. In the various versions of the performance and in the drawings / study of the work, there is always the presence of a sculptural object that recalls both a mountain and an abstract element; this element embodies the ambivalence within which the event resides, that is, the existence between what is named, the mountain, and what is still unnamed, matter. "Dance plays out the event before the event's nomination." cit. Alain Badiou. Both the central figures, the narrator and the dancer can be first matter, then mountain, first form and then soul, first body and then intellect, first name and then nothing. While the dance, until their last extreme, and only alluded, metamorphosis.
Before the name, 2016, performance, MACBA - Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Barcelona. Thanks to Istituto Italiano di Cultura di Barcellona
Before the name, 2015, ink and metallic paper on paper