The Direction of Ease inquires into the performativity of touch and proposes a kinaesthetic choreography. It is an intimate participatory performance whereby 3 dance artists, with a background in touch-based therapeutic and/or movement teaching practices, perform artful bodywork on an audience-of-one. A larger audience is welcomed to observe the artful bodywork followed by a group discussion initiated by the audience-of-one’s description of their experience. The Direction of Ease creatively engages at the intersection of touch therapy modalities, dance and performance. As music is made to be heard, a meal to be tasted, The Direction of Ease is a performance to be felt directly through touch by an audience-of-one and empathetically for the larger audience.
It is a collective work approximately 80 minutes in duration.
Thank you to Arts Nova Scotia, Canada Council for the Arts, Kinetic Studio, and Studio 303 for support in the creation of this work.