VICINITY DIPTYCH

Julia Rae Antonick and Jonathan Meyer

VICINITY DIPTYCH consists of two installation performance works Tend and as though your body were right. These projects are independent companion pieces that explore overlapping and divergent themes of proximity, power, vulnerability of the body, and the human need for connection, trust, and touch. They are able to be viewed independently or as a double feature and are currently in their first iteration stage.

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Tend is a service-based performance experience fulfilling a socially requisite and biologically exigent allogrooming need accompanied by performance of self-care informed movement distractions focused to organize the nervous system, resolve conflicts, and contemplate power differentials all in the motile architecture of a reflective, airy, enveloping, and luminescent convalescence banquette. Colliding necessity, extravagance, and irrelevance, it imagines a world where your monthly dance appointment is a legitimate need, a necessary line item in your personal budget. A haptic, phatic, and kinetic service providing a much-needed place to rest, recharge, reflect, reconcile. An environment supporting small talk, catching up, grooming bodies and relationships in turn. In short, come ready to chat, be touched/touch, and view movement.

Positioning the audience as a consumer, Tend excavates constructs of beauty, consumerism, touch, small talk, social privilege, emotional labor, invisibility in the workforce, and the commodification of servant culture through the ballooning fields of wealth-work and self-care. Colliding necessity, extravagance, and irrelevance, it imagines a world where your monthly dance appointment is a legitimate need, a necessary line item in your personal budget. A service providing a much needed place to rest, recharge, reflect, reconcile. An environment supporting small talk, catching up, grooming bodies and relationships in turn.

For Tend, audience members select an hour long appointment for which to attend the performance. Thursday and Saturday appointments are available between 1pm – 6pm. Tend performances take place at the Nature Play Center at Indian Boundary Park (2500 W. Lunt)

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as though your body were right is an invitation to confront the bodiliness of being human. It is a shared experience of the vulnerability of being a body, and of the power of being a body. It is a peeling back of one aspect of being human, the social skin that guards and protects all that is contained therein; the child, the infant, the animal, the organic mass, the incomprehensibly vast community of cells. It is a query to the wisdom of the cells, to offer some gleam of how to be one among many in a system that is vaster, more powerful, and more merciless that we can comprehend.

Performances of as though take place Thursday – Sunday evenings, 7pm – 8:30pm at Make Do (2210 W. Morse, in the garage).

Audiences may attend one or both pieces. Both works intend to significantly challenge the audience and simultaneously practice radical care for each attendee, inviting people into a safer space to delve into inherently uncomfortable but rewarding material. As is customary with most Khecari performances, all prospective attendees will need to fill out an audience application to ensure open communication and informed consent for the work they intend to experience. 

To attend Tendaudience application
To attend as though your body were rightaudience application

Photography – Ian Vecchiotti
Pictured – Amanda Maraist, Ali Lorenz, Enid Smith, Chih Hsien Lin, Charlie Vail, Kellyn Jackson, Jordan Reinwald, Jonathan Meyer
Puppets created by Tom Lee

To find scheduled events visit our calendar.