certain difficulties, certain joy
“How do we express ourselves in a form, which we of course love, but has shown itself to be an empty well for the moderns, the antidote for the postmoderns, and downright intoxicating for the family feuds ignited by the classicists? Forget about it! Of course, that’s what any sane person would decide. Too much weight to bear! And so it has gone in contemporary dance…Dance has been shut out of the house of contemporary dance.
…‘certain difficulties, certain joy’ is not about producing the emotion of joy in an audience…[but] dancing’s relationship to a body that either moves out of and/or into pleasure and joy.”
– Trajal Harrell
This catalogue accompanied Danspace Project’s Platform 2010: certain difficulties, certain joy curated by Trajal Harrell, September-October 2010.
Featuring contributions by Cecilia Bengolea, François Chaignaud, Aitana Cordero, DD Dorvillier, Daria Faïn, Trajal Harrell, Emmanuelle Huynh, Patricia Hoffbauer, Bouchra Ouizguen, and Larissa Velez-Jackson.Designed by Judith Walker.