Ripe For Pleasure on Mysterious Mountain (2012)

"Ripe for Pleasure on Mysterious Mountain" is a series of somatic dance exercises geared toward examining the trace of our bodies on the Earth, as well as the chronological gap between action and image - performed here by the Bride of Fire Dance Troupe.

Work metadata

  • Year Created: 2012
  • Submitted to ArtBase: Tuesday Oct 30th, 2012
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  • Work Credits:
    • Eliza Swann, Director, Writer, Cameras
    • Kevin Bachman, Dance
    • Jennifer Banks, Dance
    • Lillie Furman, Dance
    • Nikki Alexander Flores, Dance
    • Amie Lee King, Cameras
  • Collective: The Bride of Fire Dance Troupe
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Artist Statement

An artist working primarily with process based choreography, video, and sound, Swann created the piece “Ripe for Pleasure on Mysterious Mountain” as a short video work, video stills, and a booklet of performance scripts — which were in turn derived from various somatic exercises she wrote for a troupe of dancers, herself, and a cinematographer to perform as they climbed a mountain.

As she explains, “the purpose of this exercise was manifold – to examine the trace of our body on the Earth, as well as the chronological gap between action and image. To metaphorize the relationship between the body and nature and record the unavoidable fact of human impact in the natural world. To explore the limits and boundaries for both an ontology of performance and the conceptualization of it’s relationship to environment. To erase and re-write our identities. To cross the bridge between heaven and Earth. We climbed the mountain to read out the rules and to break them. We climbed the mountain to climb a mountain.” - Lynne DeSilva-Johnson, Exit Strata


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