‘The Throw Zone’ is a sculptural performance piece that plays on the notion of a fused body. Two performers move as a singular entity and together caught in a free fall, create the illusion that gravity is momentarily suspended. Moving with a gradual progression, the performers find stillnesses in unexpected poses. Their conjoined structure is completed by peculiar details - a raised hand or a pointed finger - drawing forth images that are both absurd and casual, real-life propositions. Thrown, headfirst, into the immensity of possibilities, ‘The Throw Zone’ reflects on the expansiveness of our times and unleashes the imagination in a floating tableau vivant.
The rapid development of technology and the internet has created a world full of opportunities and possibilities. However, with the plethora of options openly available to all also comes an indelible feeling of instability, insecurity and detachment. With the overload of information and the volatility of contemporary living, the millennial is challenged to constantly adapt and accept the rate of change. ‘The Throw Zone’ reflects on the pressures of our times and addresses the Zeitgeist of a generation lost in the immensity of possibilities.
We’ve become blind from so much seeing. Time to press up against things, squeeze around, crawl over - not so much out of a childish naiviety to return to the playground, but more to acknowledge that the world begins to exist at the limits of our skin and what goes on at that interface between the physical self and the external conditions doesn’t detach us like the detached glance.
‘The Throw Zone’ is an adaptation of the piece ‘Horizontal Formation’ (2016). Performed at the Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam, ‘Horizontal Formation’ shifted the orientation of the performers in space with the use of an office setting installed sideways on the wall.
Beatrix Joyce is a performance artist and dance writer based in Berlin. She holds a BA in Contemporary Dance from Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, London and an MA in Critical and Creative Analysis from Goldsmiths University. Alongside her primary focus of creating performance works in collaboration with Michela Filzi, she writes for the dance blog Viereinhalbe Saetze and the online magazine Berlin Art Link.
Michela Filzi is a multi-media artist based in Berlin. She has a background in gymnastics and drawing and she holds a BA in Fine Arts and Design from the Audio Visual department of the Gerrit Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam. Her performances hold the middle ground between sports, rituals, endurance tests, ceremonies and dancing.
‘The Throw Zone’ was presented at:
P-Bodies #02 LOOSE ENDS Festival for Contemporary Dance & Performance Leipzig, 7 June 2017
FORMS as part of the MONTAG MODUS Performance Art Series at CHB Berlin, 12 June 2017
SALON K, Das Kunst und Kultur Festival im Lettekiez Berlin, 21 July 2017