Can You Feel It?

Our first evening-length stage performance, made in collaboration with Alex Fernandes.
First presented Rich Mix, London, October 2019.
60 mins duration.
Can You Feel It? is about the visibility, legibility and performance of feelings.
It presents a virtuosic, excessive, and mischievous laboratory of feeling, in which two performers tread an (impossible) line between feeling and fakery. 
Ferocious flirting with stereotypes and clichés, embracing the awkward and tender, the lush sensorial, the rich mess and slippery clarity. It is an open invitation, no tricks, serious and playful, never fixed.
- Sara Ruddock artist and choreographer, 2019.
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Created in collaboration with lighting designer Alex Fernandes, the work grapples with the potent and seductive materials of stage lighting.
Gels are swapped and lanterns move; a once bare stage is transformed, and
re-framed through shadows
and tapestries of colour.
a twitch. The woman’s eye. Another twitch. The man’s lips. Then a shoulder. Now some fingers. Another shoulder. An elbow. The man’s head tips left, the woman’s mouth opens. They jerk. They spasm. The twitches go deeper, burrowing into their bodies, bouncing into their joints, running up their spines and racing up their noses
- Lara Pawson, author, 2019
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Can You Feel It? was developed through PACT Zollverein’s Residency programme, with support from DanceXchange and Rich Mix, and funding by Arts Council England.
All photos and video by
Anika Vajagec.
Anika Vajagic’s Interpretation of Catarina Dias Silva’s Reading of Can You Feel It?