The SWAN Project
“The reality of body is not given, but to be made real, to be realized;
SWAN: a poetical inquiry in dance, text & memoir is a three-part collaborative performance installation and memoir project that began in 2013. This final performance segment, Hieros Gamos, (‘divine union’), marks my 60th birthday and fortieth year as a dance maker and performance artist (parts I and II are titled Coniunctio and Rubedo respectively). As an investigative work, SWAN offers a portal into the image of ‘swan’ as found in music, poetry, dance, psychology, alchemy, mythology, philosophy, and art. As a creative memoir, it frames lived moments that underscore what French poet Pierre Reverdy refers to as “universal and human dramas [becoming] one,” as we attend to “the sublime simplicity of reality.” Grounded in my ongoing meditations on a poetics of the body, SWAN contextualizes an aesthetic that remains open and responsive to the poetic image through the felt mode of poetic perception, —processes of engagement wedded to intuition, the sensual, and to somaesthetic memory,— modes of knowing distinctly other than our day-to-day perceptions. A dimensional and integrated project, SWAN is informed by my work as a movement theorist and educator, kinesiologist and mythologist, as well as by viscerally perceived notitia of how persons inhabit their bodies, tethered and unmoored, —in short, how the marks of life matter on our body-psyches. Choreographically I use a concrete language of the body, intent upon reimplacement of and feeling for remembrance of some lost part of ourselves — what I refer to as “the way of the swan”— thereby renewing relationship to our empathic responses through aesthetic and poetic means.
Prelude to SWAN:
In concert with
Gianni Mimmo & Vinny Golia
Santa Maria Gualtieri
Saxophonist, Gianni Mimmo, joins Martina as her collaborating artist for the 2014 Exhibit Internationale in Assisi
"SWAN: a poetical inquiry in dance, text & memoir" has been selected for residency at Arte Studio Ginistrelle in Assisi, Italy this fall! There, L. Martina Young will complete part three, 'Hieros Gamos' ("divine union") -- the book of writings and performance. A UNESCO site, SWAN will be presented in the 2014 International Exhibit.
SWAN Photo Gallery