Between open Borders & Isolation (Bob & I)
A story told true Art and Dance | starring: Lawrence Kwakye [Art], Fernando Dominguez & Xavier Hernandez [Dance]
BOB & I | Storyboard 2020
To see the storyboard of BOB & I with an introduction of the characters and an explanation of the symbolism used.
About Bob & I
Between open borders and Isolation (Bob & I) is an art collective founded in 2017 by designer and artist Lawrence Kwakye and dancer-choreographer Fernando Dominguez (FDR Dance Company) During the period between February 2019 and February 2020 some performances were developed by FDR Dance Company based on the glow in the dark installation designed by Lawrence Kwakye.
What Schiedam 24 editors said about BoB&I in 2019
SCHIEDAM - Do you move along, or do you experience the world around you mainly as restrictive, and oppressive? And what is its value in that? That is the central theme that the makers want to explore in Memory of Light. The first part of this project can still be seen this afternoon at Open Art Exchange. A person relates to the world around him, which is also the guiding idea behind the art project Between Open Borders and Isolations, BOB & I, which the makers of Memory of Light have already developed. Lawrence Kwakye is the driving force behind this project. With a Ghanaian father and a Hungarian mother, this contemporary native of The Hague is a living example of fading boundaries, and disappearing stability in structures of place and time and also of cultures. He especially experiences the alienation that a person can experience. There are other developments that reinforce this alienation: think of technology. It developed and intended to support people, but more and more often it seems that the person serves the technology. In Memory of Light, a crucifix figure with a mirroring 'head' hangs in the setup; it shows the whole world, but seems to have no character. What do you see in the mirror then? And what about time and meeting? If structures fall away, is there more or less opportunity for a relationship? Less oppression perhaps, but also less peace and stability that are needed to develop and live an individuality. What do you have to offer the other, if you live as the mirroring head, full of social media, with the care of everyday life? Is that the invitation to everyone, in 2019: living in the knowledge that we have to deal with the hectic pace and the loneliness? As the voice of the commentator during Memory of Light says: "In the always-on society we live in, traditional forces that made us feel compassion for each other are being broken down. If we are not forced to immerse ourselves in each other, most of us don't. Because that requires vulnerability. And vulnerability can bring pain and condemnation." Is it about knowing that our assignment may hurt, but it's a blow we must make? To end up with happiness and togetherness, as the dancers Fernando Dominguez and Xavier Hernandez show...
Proposal for festival
Some renderings made in 2019 for a modular stage design.
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