Maja Štefančíková: Close Encounters
Length: 30 minutes
The performative situation Close Encounters by Maja Štefančíková works with the economy of attention, which serves as a special marketplace that prospers thanks to the indirect transactions between the performer and the audience. The high number of stimuli reduces our ability to draw attention to something. However, due to the implied managerial approach, the audience tends to perceive the performative situation as a rare “commodity” that needs to be acquired, as a two-person meeting – built on eye contact – that brings forth unexpected emotions. In this spirit, movement and singing are presented as communication between dancing people, audiences, and space. Common movements and the individual movement modes of the dancing people accompany singing or speech in the process of transformation into various new patterns of meaning. The dancing people represent movement in time, in a specific situation, in a certain physical condition and constitution. At the same time, they look for moments of common emotions that are evoked by mutual encounters in a certain environment. Both sides then observe their own perceptions, the common space, its energy, and their changed relationships. They create a performative situation that tests their mutual attention in the new conditions of reality.