A solo practice by Emily Gastineau
Friday, December 9, 5-9 pm
Saturday, December 10, 5-9 pm
Fresh Oysters Performance Research
“Emotion’s just so terrifying the world refuses to believe that it can be pursued as discipline, as form.” - Chris Kraus
Just an Argument is the first manifestation of new body of solo work by Emily Gastineau, appearing as a four-hour durational movement practice. The work is born out of desire for control, desire to know everything, and desire without object at all. Just an Argument is concerned with the unabashed display of ego, the erotics of vulnerability, the regulation of emotion, and the weaponizing of knowledge.
Thinking alongside feminist writing that straddles autobiography, fiction and theory, the piece asks: Is dancing always or never first person? With this work, Gastineau measures the gap between hubris and humiliation, perfection and reality, language and embodiment. Employing a system of relational exchanges to negotiate the viewer’s projection, Just an Argument plays against the audience’s desire to witness confession and experience catharsis.