Graphic: Jelena Milovanović
The dancing body is caught in a net: the spectator’s gaze tries to define it and capture it in an image. The body tries to resist by dancing the dance, by using the inner gaze that guides the dance and follows itself in motion. In between the two there are the dancer’s eyes, the subjective gaze of the body in motion capturing its fragments and details. The Displaced Body performance tries to capture the body’s integrity by confronting the living body with a kaleidoscope of its traces. By being placed between the artistic and the ordinary, between the spectacle and the physical presence, the body is opened to its potential.
Displaced Body derives from the exploration process started in 2006 by Jelena Milovanović and Milan Tomášik. The process focused on exploring some of the basic dance principles and mainly dealt with the question whether the dancer leads the motion consciously or whether the motion leads the dancer while the consciousness merely follows the body, and, based on that ambivalence, tried to understand the relationship between two dancers, where the initiative, during the attempt of establishing and at the same time upsetting their motion synchronization, is always shifting from the consciousness of the one to the body of the other to the consciousness of the other to the body of the one.