Together catching our breath
Breathe, breathe in the air
Don’t be afraid to care
Leave but don’t leave me
Look around and choose your own ground
Pink Floyd – Breathe
WE, the BREATH is an opening ritual that binds us together in a common endeavor to create a new world. We come together in a collective commitment - a liturgy - to welcome a new day, a new era. How can we shape a new reality and redefine our living space? What is needed to do so? How can we insist on and invest in changing the world? What can we do against suffocation and breathlessness? How do we move forward after the break and with the experience of, for example, COVID, Black Lives Matter, and the performance oriented society, which exerts so much pressure that more and more people become breathless because of the excessive pace and rushing. And then get sick and burned out?
We, the BREATH is a performance piece by Emio Greco | Pieter C. Scholten in which artist Daphne Karstens takes part with a wearable sculpture. Her work PING has been exhibited and performed around the world, most recently in Russia as part of the ‘Innovative Costume of the 21st Century: The Next Generation’ exhibition.
In We, the BREATh the audience is given the opportunity to actively participate in the WE ritual. Together we breathe. Together we stand back, give space to not knowing (for a moment) and move towards relief, towards slowing down, towards air in the bustle. We surrender to the universal of the ‘in’ and the ‘out’. We create and hold a deep inhalation. The ground under our feet disappears and we fall into the black hole. And then we exhale. Let our breath assert itself.
The performance is a necessary healing process, blurring the distinction between the viewer and the viewed. The theatre this time is an open field. We are going to build playfully with each other, filling and initiating the open space with breath. We try to come to a community, to connect with the other and with otherness. Who are we, who do we want to be and who can we become here? How will we see ourselves and others in the light of the new space?