Choreography of an ant
2017 | Nieuw Dakota, Amsterdam
'The ant accurately documents the limits of my body.'
During a residency at the Performance Art Forum (P.A.F.) in France, Clarinde Wesselink came up with the Ant performance. The idea originated when an ant moved over Wesselink's body. In the performance six people closely follow the path of the ant across the body with their eyes and bodies. A new movement vocabulary arises, not from thoughts or concepts, but through the path of the ant on the surface of the skin. The ant clearly indicates in its movements where the skin and thus the wearer of the ant stops and the space begins. A new space full of possibilities is created. As a spectator you are surprised by six people who study their bodies alienatingly. It feels like you have stepped into a space that is not entirely made for the eyes of a spectator. It demonstrates intimacy between the performer and his body.
Ant is also a scene from the film Horizon-tale (2018).
Performers: Anne van Balen, Thijs Bloothoofd, Mandey Bullard, Maaike Kleissen, Janne Bless, Vera Goetzee, Marthy Hecker andJelle Straatsma.
Photography: Clementine van der Bent