Poems and Other Emergencies is a solo dance performance at the intersection of choreography and poetry. It centers around a figure: The Girl-with-her-tongue-out, through which an intensive female language emerges.
Poems and Other Emergencies uses the apparatus of the theatre to coincide the female body and language, to produce a sensuously situated speech. The poem becomes an event and the performers body emerges at the intersection of voices weaving a bodily and textual landscape. Using fragmentation and doubling in order to open an in-between, a space of contingency, for its narratives and subjects. The language of poetry speaks from the margins, from exile; it is reinvented each time it is heard. It is a language of withdrawal, divergence and differentiation. The poem sings out to the other without knowing what that other is. It is subjectivity in the making; through its echoes the poem overflows its writer. Poems and Other Emergencies positions the performer as a radical historicist, inscribing herself and the event, writing of this time with body and text.
…the poem as an event is volatile, leaping out from where it shouldn't and leaking in the silence.