These interviews conducted by performer and researcher Sílvia Pinto Coelho focus on the role that procrastination can have on creative processes. Slowing down creation and research can be a way of recognizing that the act of delaying, of making things last, can lead to a fertile process of inventing the unknown. Improvisors and artists from the fields of dance and performance talk about their methodologies and ideas in this reformed version of Procrastination Marathon.
Vera Mantero was part of a number of projects that started happening in the aftermath of Contact Improvision, in the European dance scene of the 1990s. “What was present in those moments, when I was participating in those projects like Crash Landing, etc, was an amazing feeling, before beginning, of facing an abysm. (…) And this is because you are about to start something, and you have no idea what it will be. That is a crazy thought! I loved that!” (VM).
Peter Michael Dietz mentions that one of the names he came up with for a course was “Impossible Dance”. To this, someone commented, “But if it is impossible, then it can’t be done, right?”. “That’s a way of seeing, yes! But one can also try, no? Yes, dance can be impossible! At first, yes!”. (PMD)
The Procrastination Marathon, scheduled to take place on the seventh of June, at the Jardim Botânico de Lisboa, was postponed… Or, is this precisely what it is: something that begins as soon as it is announced, and which is indefinitely delayed. Could this be a part of the procrastination project? If so, a marathon only underlines what already exists, but disguised as numerous plans for accomplishment. So, are they plans for postponing, or for procrastinating? If for “covidic” reasons confinement is prolonged, the meeting is reflective, in lieu of providing a real life gathering. Eight interviews about the power of these encounters were proposed and are now available on the TBA website. In place of a procrastination marathon we have access to concrete discourses, approaching encounters that are difficult to describe. What is improvising? Conversing? Playing? Finding relationships, connections, nexuses? Positioning ourselves? Knowing how to perpetuate the place of not knowing?