Dancing bodies in urban space By Rachel Silver Maddock


Edifice is a dancefilm directed and shot by Rogerio Silva, choreographed and performed by London-based dancers Carmine de Amicis and Harriet Waghorn and set to music by Alaskan Tapes. In this intimate duet, the two dancers work to become a single unit as their bodies seamlessly push and pull, respond to gravity and receive each other’s weight. The urban setting draws attention to the soft, elastic and emotional qualities of skin and touch while the dancers form an ever-moving fleshy architecture inside the stark industrial space.

De Amicis and Waghorn’s Edifice Dance Theatre is United Kingdom-based and specializes in a hybrid genre of contact improvisation and Latin American dance. In edifice de Amicis and Waghorn developed choreography that “aimed to explore themes like blurred and permeable boundaries, migration and integration, intuition and growth,” according to director Silva’s description of the film.

The visual language of the film calls up themes of solitude and urban space similar to the work of photographer Craig Chambers in his recent photo essay Vākənt (featured in The Dance Current’s July/August print edition). In his photographs, Chambers says he “became fascinated by abandoned buildings, compelled by the relationships we all have with our ever-changing surroundings and the idea of capturing the moving body in these vacated spaces.”

Several of the dancers interviewed from Chamber’s photo essay revealed that dancing outside the studio can be a process of self-discovery, which allows one to connect to architecture, sensual stimulants and nature. They describe the heightened awareness, synergy and even spirituality that can be experienced while dancing alone in constructed urban spaces as well as outside.

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