Dark Emotions
Zwoisy Mears-Clarke
3 December 2018 - 8 January 2019

Within the frame of ‘Dark Emotions’, Zwoisy will be finding a graspable translation of the emotions shame, anger, disgust, and love, while looking at them as the residue of the emotional labor related to (doing, ignoring, or experiencing) discriminatory events. The works of writers whose roots hail from black feminist theory will be a way to define and contextualize these emotions as possibilities for community and empowerment. Using Zwoisy’s non-visual dance form, where movement is understood as touch, the performances will be presented in a pitch-black room, making winter in Malmö the ideal rehearsal space.

Write-up for the open session:

As a part of his residency “Dark Emotions” at the IAC, Zwoisy is opening the dance studio doors for people to join his movement research. Through diving into somatic improvisational practices, storytelling, free-writing exercises, and movement tasks, together we will grapple our own shame, love, disgust, and anger to find how they manifest in our bodies to bring us to a sense of support, empowerment, and/or togetherness. No dance experience is necessary, just be sure to bring comfortable, warm clothes you can move in.

To participate, please register at dark.emotions2018@gmail.com with the date(s) you’d like to come. Note: the sessions will be accessible to blind, visually impaired, and sighted persons.




Open Sessions:

Thu.     Dec. 13            18-21h

Fri.       Dec. 14            13-16h

Fri.       Dec. 21            10-13h

Fri.       Jan. 4               18-21h

Write-up for the showing:

As the closing of his residency “Dark Emotions,” Zwoisy invites you to witness the first bodily, tactile results of his research. The movements that surround the emotions of shame, disgust, anger, and love will be shared as non-visual dance, presented in a pitch-black room and witnessed through touch as opposed to with vision. For every hour listed below, there will be two back-to-back 15-minute showings followed by a 30-minute feedback session; the persons in the earlier 15-minute showing are encouraged to stay and join the feedback session.

Spaces are limited, so please register by sending an email to dark.emotions2018@gmail.com with the day and time you’d like to attend.

Residency showing:

Mon. Jan. 7     15.00-18.00 & 19.30-21.30

Tue.   Jan. 8     11.00-12.00 & 13.00-16.00

Photo credits: Karsten Hein

Zwoisy Mears-Clarke, Assi Pakkanen