«Ricor-danze»: l’archiviazione sospesa di Isabel Rocamora PDF Print Email
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Annalisa Piccirillo


In this essay, «archive fever» refers to the impulse to «preserve» and to «deconstruct» the re-membering of the «suspended» body: a dancing technique/poetic that hosts/resists the force of gravity. Looking into the western choreographic memory («patriarchive»; «matriarchive») images emerge – phantasmata – that have the ability of transforming the remembrance of the body «in suspension». The body itself becomes a living archive. With the focus on the «archive of future» created by Isabel Rocamora – an anglo-spanish artist – the writing becomes feminine and depicts alterity. Her anti-gravity choreography displays acts for «remembering dance» (Memory Release) and for «dancing memory» (Horizon of Exile). The technique, together with the immaterial, digital and «spectral» space, in which her works are experienced, frame Rocamora’s performances in a «suspended» archive process. The exile is danced and remembered by Rocamora’s «body-archive», it recalls our contemporary memory, and its embedded obliterating «fever».


Annalisa Piccirillo is a PhD student in «Cultural and postcolonial studies of the Anglophone world», at the University of Naples «L’Orientale». She has published on Anglistica journal about the performative works by Akram Khan and Nelisiwe Xaba and translated an essay by Avanthi Meduri in Ricordanze, Utet (2010).


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