Dog Dance

Dog Dance. Created and Performed by Joanna Rotkin of Joanna and The Agitators. Photo by Andrew Marcus.

Created and Performed by Joanna Rotkin of Joanna and The Agitators with  Conceptual/Directorial Guidance provided by Andrew Marcus (The Disappearance Project)

Dog Dance is an on-going performance series that happens over and over again.

Each performance of Dog Dance is different, though the state I am working with has a similar sensibility to it.

When you, as an audience member arrive multiple times to this performance that I call Dog Dance, you begin to see the subtle shifts taking place in time and space.

You begin to notice the breakdown, and dare I say, destruction, of a value system in performance that directs your eye exclusively to the performer.

Here, at Dog Dance, your eyes are free to wonder, rest, and attend to what is at hand for YOU.

Dog Dance improvised dance solo that comes from a place inside of me that I have always tried to hide because it’s quiet and it’s slow and it takes it’s time.

I am excavating this dance that is Dog Dance — now as we speak — in order to remember a body unfolding:

Your body, my own body, and the body of the beast making her way to higher ground.

As the noise quiets and the remembering of a body unfolds — slowly, extremely slowly, and with breath –gravity, and your own relationship to it, may or may not become weighty.

The cellular structure of your own body may or may not begin to re-imagine itself.

The internal investigation of the deepest parts of the body may or may not stir a longing in you to investigate your own unraveling.

When I perform Dog Dance, I find a world in my body that is underneath the mud, but that is also flying.

I invite you into this world with me, in hopes that you too will get a chance to burrow in, and then hover and float, just above the earth.

“Dog Dance is the kind of performance where the act of simply witnessing changes something in my cells. It serves as a kind of mirror. A return to wholeness. An opportunity to let in what stretches just beyond the frame. a reminder of what I have carried with me all along.” — Laura Ann Samuelson

“It’s nothing and it’s everything.” — Alexis Miles

“It’s a different pace of living we are encountering…as audience members we are slowing down so that we can meet ourselves.” — Helen Turner

“Dog Dance is like the sky. It’s such a loving thing.” — Nancy Ruff