THE POLARITY PARTY is the result of an unusual collaboration. Dana Caspersen is a dancer and choreographer and globally sought-after conflict researcher, who has been at home on international stages for decades.
THE POLARITY PARTY is a participatory choreographic event examining polarisation. With no dancing. But all of the sensation.
For the MichaelDouglas Collective, polarisation means that we perceive ourselves as separate and think and act in ways that strengthen or reinforce this sense of separateness.
The Polarity Party integrates practices from the fields of both choreography and conflict engagement. The event invites participants into an experience that is both intimate and analytical, using physical action as a way to organize ideas and make thoughts visible.
What role do we play as individuals and communities in the structure of social connections and boundaries? What mechanisms promote or invalidate social polarisation?
Project Dana Caspersen, MichaelDouglas Kollektiv
With Douglas Bateman, Katarína Brestovanská, Valerie Ebuwa, Michael Maurissens, Inma Rubio, Adam Ster
Production management Jari Ortwig
Production assistance Jana Winterhalter
Co-production PACT Zollverein (Essen)
Support Kunststiftung NRW, Cultural Office of the City of Cologne, Ministry of Culture and Science of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia, PDCS / Partners for Democratic Change Slovakia, Slovak Arts Council