PassingThroughisagroupcompositionthatIworkedontogetherwithTOKMoscow Dance Company and one of its disciples Zhenya Glazunova at the start of summer. The majority of the drawings exhibited here were made during breaks between sessions or after the sessions.
David Zambrano is a Venezuelan-born and American-based dancer, choreographer, and educator. He established the basic techniques of contemporary dance: Flying Low and Passing Through. His methods are studied and practiced by choreographers and dancers all around the world. David is inspired by flocks of birds and schools of fish that ceaselessly pass through natural settings, move in a single direction, and reach a certain point of destination together while leaving traces and patterns in the sky or the sea (and somehow managing not to crash into one another!).
Passing Through is a group dance composition where everyone is free to make their choices while still remaining part of the group. Using simple instruments, the group and each person within it create a unique image and relationships within the group. Not by constraining or blocking, but by transferring through oneself, passing through spaces, and passing through others. Why are these practices and philosophy so harmonious with my own work?
I am frequently inspired by music. My latest two exhibitions cited in their titles the world of music (I think I’m dumb. Or maybe just happy and Romantic Collection), so it’s perfectly logical that the juxtaposition zones of visual art and related disciplines overlap one another ever more prominently.
We pass through something and someone every day. People who are particularly lucky can transform this motion into a conscious trajectory, dance, or, at the very least, hold themselves from hitting or hurting the other people they pass by or, even more importantly, those people “who are in our way”. I hope that my little sketches form visual stops that are so necessary for dance: look, take a breath, and move on.
Many thanks to Zhenya Glazunova for her help with writing this text.