The Oracle Dance via Eleanor Bauer – Danspace Project
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The Oracle Dance via Eleanor Bauer

"Nobody's Dance" at Macao in Milan, Italy. Photo by Eleanor Bauer.

**For this event, please enter the Church via the side entrance on 11th Street between 2nd and 3rd Avenue**

The Oracle Dance is a score for a dance that answers questions, or tells the future. The dance follows a simple set of rules and roles, whereby a handful of dancers act as an Oracle answering an audience member or visitor’s question. Their danced answer to the question is interpreted and orated by an external reader of the dance. The roles of reader and dancer can shift from question to question, or over a duration of performing several question-answers. Come by and have your questions answered by a dance!

The Oracle Dance plays with meaning production in movement, the “usefulness” of a dance to serve a specific purpose, the contemporary invention of rituals, the use of improvisation to address unknowns, and a practice of receptivity to unexpected insights from anywhere.

The Oracle Dance originated in the TTT sessions (Teachers Teaching Teachers) at Impulstanz festival in Vienna in 2014 with and by Jennifer Lacey, Alice Chauchat, Valentina Desideri, Alix Eyunaudi, Keith Hennessy, Anne Juren, Mark Lorimer, Raimundas Malašauskas, Philippe Riéra and Mårten Spångberg. It has been passed on to others since then, and belongs to nobody and anybody.

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