We were invited to perform for the opening of the exhibition OU\ /ERT Phytophilia – Chlorophobia – Situated Knowledges. After a residency at Transpalette/Emmetrop we premiered our piece The dance of the kaki tree.
It’s the beginning of summer 2019. Four members of the dance for plants collective criss-cross the roads of the Ariège Pyrenees. Every day they go to a new garden, meet a place and its more- than-human inhabitants, listen to their stories, anddance. On Tuesday, June 11, it’s raining. The garden is huge and abundant. Jean-Pierre tells them the story of a tree he planted 20 years ago, after finding a seed in a dried persimmon that had been brought from Japan. He invites them to dance for this tree. In this piece, the collective re-ignites the dance that was sparked by this tree that day, and invokes the dance that they addressed to this tree: the choreography composed by this tree, or which it made them able to compose for it. Today, The dance of the kaki tree becomes a collective practice, with its codes, variations, demands and openings. The piece presented here is one pos- sible activation of this practice. A version of this exploration, an expansion of a moment that will not happen again. It is a journey, the revival of a memory without melancholy, a visible invitation to move with the invisible ones.