Words on WOWOWOW

Through the Bastard blog you can now read about and take part of our performance WOWOWOW – re-discovering, re-entering or maybe encounter it for the first time.

Words by Naja Lee Jensen (interdisciplinary artist) and Joe Barker (phd in philosophy).

As a smaller dance production in Denmark it can be rather difficult to get a qualitative critique published – or just any press coverage at all really – so this time we decided to take it in our own hands. We invited two independant writers to share their experience and thoughts of the performance, which premiered at Dansehallerne c/o Koncertkirken in Copenhagen, March 2019. The result is two very different, vivid and interesting texts.

The important ting for us is not the critique per se, but rather the exchange of experiences, understandings and ideas connected to the performance. How do YOU read the performance, and YOU, and YOU? This exchange is crucial for us in order to understand the work in new or other ways, to dig deeper into the material and to keep on developing our performance. The beautiful thing with live art is just that – that it is alive and for ever evolving, tumbling, twisting and turning…

Thank you Bastard blog for the space and to Naja and Joe for your time and generosity.
Now – enjoy the read!

Naja Lee Jensen – “At se en forestilling flere gange er et privilegium. Særligt en forestilling som WOWOWOW, hvis fokus på kollektivet efter andet gennemsyn giver mig mulighed for at reflektere over min egen forestilling om, hvad et kollektiv i og udenfor scenerummet er.”

Joe Barker – “WOWOWOW, a new piece by Fanclub and Quim Bigas, attempts to work through, in real time, Jerome Bel’s idea of liberating dance from choreography. However, what we have here is not the liberation of individuals and their all-too-personal feelings. Instead, there is a much more difficult liberation: the liberation of collective movements, passing between bodies without conceptual control or domination.”


WOWOWOW residency

We’ve just returned after an amazing week together with Quim Bigas at L’animal a L’esquena in Spain. A second initial working period of WOWOWOW – a collaboration with and around collectivity. The following are some WOrds and WOrlds from the WOrk … 

Collective as a place where outcome is based on negotiation, conflict, listening and misunderstandings. Sense of value as a mode where movement comes from.

A mode of thinking through action – as an ongoing feeding between the modes (action/thinking >< action-thinking >< thinking-action) – allowing us to include an ongoing documentation/tracing of the research, while we work. What format(s) could be appropriate? 

Conversation as a mode of thinking out loud, sharing your statements in the now, as a mode of creating source for movement… Conversation as a going around together, circling and wondering on certain topics, being in the not knowing and on the impossibility of agreements, being in a constant becoming, a constant reflection….Constant construction. The sharing of unknowing.

Skærmbillede 2017-07-02 kl. 16.47.17

What if collective is a set of images that appear and disappear, of statements that are ephemeral, of a radical mode of being in a structure through the lenses of being present and in relation…?  

The body of WOWOWOW has multiple eyes, ears and mouths. We can be shape shifters.

Big thanks to the L’animal crew for having us – such a special place!

Take care out there
♥ Fanclub

23-24 October WE ARE DANCERS – a Concert, at Koncertkirken in Copenhagen