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Where the daimon dwells

A chorography of the space between

In this presentation, given at the Trans-States conference at the University of Northampton, I explored the liminality of performer and performance space, and their relationship in presencing the invisible reality – the other, sacred or daimonic.

Performance potentially generates a space for materialisation, for transformation and for the dissolving of boundaries. Movement itself engenders this transfigured space, and makes it visible to the eye and tangible to the senses. In this presentation I trace the relation of this interstitial space with the dancing body, grounded in an aesthetics and kinetics of the interval. I discuss the techniques of trance and transformation as a method of presencing the other, in space and in the body; and consider chor(e)ography as an art of crossing the threshold, where the daimon dwells.