In the performance writing residency So So Silky Silky Silk: Scoring ‘Yellow Towel’, during September in the SBC Gallery, choreographer and live artist Dana Michel joins poet and editor Michael Nardone in order to create a score of Michel’s iterative, improvisational choreographic work ‘Yellow Towel’ (2013). They propose a discussion about it on the September 27th, 6-8 PM.
They begin with a series of questions to address the itinerant and obscure aspects of the work: What is legible in the movement of performance? What traces do its ephemeral moments leave? How to notate the duration of gesture, of utterance? To what extent, and how specifically, does the performance exceed any capacity for its documentation?
While focusing specifically on ‘Yellow Towel’, it is Michel and Nardone’s intention to address a number of textual and ethical issues concerning performance and inscription that are global in their concern. Within the working context of the gallery, these concerns extend to the technologies of display, to the temporality and spatiality of the exhibition, but also to the performing body/bodies and the specifics of being in-relation in and with public(s) and the institution.
Their residency work is around an array of documents, objects and materials used in the research and performance phases of ‘Yellow Towel’ itself. Along with Michel’s diaries, documentary videos, transcripts of the choreography and iterations of her original script, these materials will inform the score, while also forming the basis of an emerging archive in the gallery. Over the course of the residency, Michel and Nardone will shape and add to these materials with recordings of conversations on their process of articulating a score for the work.