PRACTICING EMPATHY: Studies 1-3
A series of performative and participatory dance works
“Practicing Empathy: Studies 1-3” is the title of a new research project initiated by the Yasmeen Godder Company, out of which three separate dance works will be developed. Each of the works will research the notion of empathy through a variety of prisms and approaches, attempting to look at what is it that opens us up emotionally? What makes us identify and connect with others as well as with ourselves? And how can we create new practices, rituals, songs and choreographies which may open up our ability to take in our own complexities and those of others without fear and distrust? The need to research this theme comes from Godder’s desire to use the medium of dance, both in the studio and in performance, as a means for enabling people to gather together in an environment that is able to accept, deal and expose loads that we carry, both personally and collectively. And by doing that, to provide a radical proposal of shared time, managed by an alternative set of rules, actions and physical interactions, which may challenge the social consensus.