Body of Work (2019)


People say that dance is an ephemeral art form which only exists in the moment of the performance, and then disappears immediately afterward. But any dancer can tell you that this is untrue. Dance and choreography leave traces that remain on the body long afterwards. Sometimes these traces are quite physical and concrete, the accumulation of muscle or the trauma of injuries. But mostly they are ghostly traces which involve the repetition and memory of movements that continue to inhabit and influence the body. The dances of the past continue to dwell in the dancer’s body today.
In Body of Work, Daniel Linehan explores this idea in relationship to his own body and his own early history of dancing and choreographing. Linehan proposes a retrospective archaeology, digging into his past 15 years of creating dances, uncovering fragments of choreography that still remain in his body after all this time. He remixes these fragments to create a new dance-beast, revealing common threads that link disparate moments from his different pieces. The result is a choreography of the passage of time, which recognizes that the past is always very much inscribed in the present.


Concept & performance Daniel Linehan
Dramaturgy Vincent Rafis
Outside eye Michael Helland
Scenographic advice 88888
Costume design Frédéric Denis
Lighting design Elke Verachtert
Sound Christophe Rault

Production Hiatus (Brussels, BE)
Coproduction deSingel International Arts Campus (Antwerp, BE) and others tbc
Residencies deSingel International Arts Campus (Antwerp, BE), Art Centre BUDA (Kortrijk, BE), Vooruit (Gent, BE) and others tbc
International representation Damien Valette (Paris, FR)
With the support of the Flemish authorities

Daniel Linehan, Hiatus is Creative Associate at deSingel International Arts Campus (Antwerp, BE) and supported by the Flemish authorities 2017-2021.

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