The world is at your feet: perspectives on choreography from conceptual metaphor


A lecture performance.

The footstep is arguably the first rupture of a continuous world. The journey from here to there has no real divisions in time and space until we apprehend it with our measuring stick; left, right, one, two, three four...

The first footstep had in it the seed of The Enlightenment; our abstract concepts are built - through metaphor - on the concrete realm and so our world is full of steps, and side steps and eight step recovery. How different it would have been if we slid like a snake?

Is it any wonder then that walking became the discipline par-excellence of the Enlightenment? A bourgeois rejection of the dancing body in favour of function (but still a display of gesture and deportment). You could even set your watch by dear old Kant.