Throughout Edition V Emily Roysdon
will undertake an episodic development process that explores performance structures through the terms of ‘discomposition’ and ‘transition’. Through successive development cycles a series of movement vocabularies will accumulate as performance chapters, becoming layered through script and score. The project straddles geographic regions and a long-term duration, drawing together an expanding troupe of collaborators across disciplines including choreographers, writers, artists and musician/composers. As Roydon asked in her address to the 2012 MoMA Performance Conference: ‘What can we take as a score for this transition, this response?’
With every passing, any awareness of time, the choreographic discomposes the space around us, asking how we arrange our bodies in response.
A transition implies redistribution materialised as temporal form.
It is available to choreographic, interpersonal, sonic, societal and
governmental resonances; all of which Roysdon’s multifaceted practice reaches
out to touch. Roysdon deploys the novel term ‘discomposition’ in order to access a zone in which to work, to create, and above all in which to collaborate.
For her, it is an action that is invested not in destruction (decomposition),
but in taking full account, expanding awareness, enabling the construction of
smooth space and time to become apparent at its joints. This coupled focus,
‘discomposition’ and ‘transition’, continues Roysdon’s ongoing work centred on
‘movement’, unraveling and reworking its formal/compositional, social and
political terms.Emily Roysdon
is one of four artists commissioned by If I Can’t Dance to produce a new work as part of Edition V: Appropriation and Dedication (2013-2014). The new work is commissioned by If I Can’t Dance with commissioning partners STUK/Museum M (Playground) Leuven, the TBA festival of the Portland Institute for Contemporary Art, and with the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam. The work is also supported by Corpus, European Network For Performance Art, funded through the European Union.
(1977) is a
New York and Stockholm based artist and writer. Her working
interdisciplinary and recent projects take the form of performance, photographic
installations, print making, text, video, curating and collaborating. Roysdon
the concept 'ecstatic resistance' to talk about the
impossible and imaginary in politics. The
concept debuted with simultaneous
shows at Grand Arts in Kansas City, and X Initiative in
New York. She is
editor and co-founder of the queer feminist journal and artist collective,
LTTR. Her many collaborations include costume design for choreographers Levi
Vannesa Anspaugh and Faye Driscoll, as well as lyric writing for The
Knife, and Brooklyn based
JD Samson & MEN.