Hoffman and Ardal Rosengren are, right now-at this very moment, working on a new dance-performance that will premiere at MDT Stockholm in April 2013. Currently in residence at MDT and Workspace Brussels, their research actually began at PAF (Performance art forum) in the cold winter of 2012 where Ardal Rosengren tried to teach Hoffman to dance. After a lot of head scratching, pulled muscles and joke telling; their research and activities concentrated upon the importance of games and ludic behavior in the social and theatrical realm as well as the evolving techniques and complexities of storytelling. Armed with paper-backs by Brian Sutton-Smith, Roger Caillois and Inger Christensen; days were spent exploring movement, making rules and re-telling the plots of movies from memory. They even started a blog about it. So here they are now—with video cameras pointing at them—in MDT making up games with plastic bags full of vegetables. The struggle with dancing/movement continues. They are trying to combine sound effects, movement and the voice while avoiding illustration and transparency. They’re working on methods of representing and mis-representing each other through movement, images and text. The questions get bigger each day: what are the parameters and limitations of constructing a game? How does movement factor into storytelling? What is the least you can possibly do to physically tell a story? What do vegetables and storytelling have in common? Why are ants so small? What can two do that one and three cannot?
With the support of the DEPARTS network. DEPARTS is funded by the European Commission (Culture program).