Compass A compass provides a circle - in order to encircle, to contain, to mark the pivotal point, to indicate what is within and what is without. The compass creates a limitless limited space ruled by physical and mathematical laws, disregarding any immeasurable facts of life like ageing, illness, insanity, deterioration... It fascinates me to work with these limitations or rather - it excites me to maneuver myself into a precarious situation, which will consequently force me to accept unorthodox solutions. This is a way of working, which demands an incredible loyalty, trust and discipline from the dancers involved. Their bodies, as all human bodies, are a very complicated system of “hinges” which move like compasses - - all our movements are created through circular motions relating to points in space - all in search of a physical and spiritual centre - a pivotal point of our existence. Balancing on the edge between past and future we search for that place of peace and quietness.
So what is the pivotal point (the navel) of our small world? - Maybe Galapagos - a remote place, a refuge for barely surviving, endangered species - dancing around - sun up, sun down - in their solitary confinement. Bones and skins and eyes - lives upon lives - their footfalls remembered - and forgotten - as if never been. Footfalls crossing borders, not knowing if really crossed, making signs which only they can read, only marking the time spent. Jiří Kylián