A Tribute to Now
“We are living in a culture entirely hypnotized by the illusion of time,
in which the so-called present moment is felt as nothing but an
infinitesimal hairline between an all-powerfully causative past
and an absorbingly important future. We have no present.
Our consciousness is almost completely preoccupied with memory
and expectation. We do not realize that there never was, is, nor will
be any other experience than present experience.
We are therefore out of touch with reality. We confuse the world as
talked about, described, and measured with the world which actually is.
We are sick with a fascination for the useful tools of names and numbers,
of symbols, signs, conceptions and ideas.” (Alan W. Watts)
The performers in this project do not aim to seduce. Nor will they strive for something more complete than what already is. They will endeavor to refrain from judgments, expectations and processes of analyzing while performing, and listen carefully to the material being created.
By emphasizing the materiality of the abstract expression of sound and dance, the performance questions our collective awareness in a time in which we seem to be losing touch with the present moment. How can the performative arts affect our relationship to time?
A Tribute to Now is part of a series of interdisciplinary, artistic explorations initiated by Simen Korsmo Robertsen related to the notion of presence.
Video of a Tribute to Now presented at Black Box theatre, Oslo March 2017 (youtube-link):