This publication presents research conducted by choreographer Mor Demer over two years, in the frame of the exerce MA in choreography and performance (National Choreographic Center of Montpellier / Occitanie). Against the backdrop of her artistic process, Mor Demer unfolds a reflection on the production and configuration of choreographic materials, as well as on the body and the practices and fictions of which it is composed.
"This is an archaeological site of unwritten futures. It is about what is present in what I want, it is also the vibration of the absence that exists in what I want. The void of the plentiful potentials I desire. The research has its curves. By applying abstract reasoning to my life, I learn through the action of doing, doing a lot. Our teachers come in many forms. Moving pace after pace into practice through process and the process of a process, reducing it all to arrive at the essence, to the gold I am mining.
Within this archeological dig, I am uncovering and articulating my artistic process through my curiosity as a dance maker/choreographer. As a maker, I am spreading an eclectic rainbow built from all sorts of artistic influences, practices and encounters. The connections between the references can be condensed and scattered incidentally next to each other. I see that this merging of eclecticism could be translated into any other artistic platform. Believing that what is nomadic can be productive, as we witness the process, its questions keep on moving.
Here, dancing practice becomes a written authorship. Taste yourself. There is a reflexive state of mind that allows for a greater comprehension of the experience. I will be master-baking this thesis with faith and alchemy."
"Exerce, écrits chorégraphiques" is a series that offers a chance to read, see and practice a key stage in the work of students/artists/researchers as part of the "Exerce" training program, initiated in 2011 by the National Choreographic Center of Montpellier / Occitanie, directed by Christian Rizzo, and the Paul Valéry Montpellier 3 University.
Each edition presents the writings of former Exerce students at the time of their thesis defense at the end of the Master's program. The publication is neither reprinted nor reworked. It is restored in one color to its original format. At the end of the book, each artist is given carte blanche to contextualize and extend this research in the form of texts, images and documents.
Mor Demer is an Israeli-born, Berlin-based choreographer and dancer. She is engaged in a holistic ecosystem of movement and performance practices with solo and collaborative works (she works with Tino Seghal, Meg Stuart / Damaged Good and Peter Player as a dancer and performer). His artistic approach cultivates and engenders states of high exposure, friction, poetics and precision. Mor crosses other forms of artistic expression alongside his dance practice such as writing, drumming, drawing, walking, running and stillness. Her global artistic research is at the crossroads of the profane and the sacred. She explores existential questions, probing endless possibilities in states of being.