Natasha Kovacs and Lindsay Parnell are collaborative, cross-disciplinary, artists that combine their individual interests in dance, sculpture, and performance art.
Social structure relies on a series of conversations based on control, consent, and trust. Even simple things like waiting in line at the bank works only because we have an expectation and respect for the rules created to help our culture function correctly. BDSM deals with these conversations in a much more concentrated way, and that strongly informs my current work. Shibari, an intricate rope tying technique that has been fetishized in both eastern and western culture, has been my current focus. Self-tying and self-suspension allows me to subvert a language of bondage, restraint, and sexuality to empower my movements as I control the rope with a meditative mindset. Audience is very important in both witnessing and supporting these actions.
In a similar vein, performances with other collaborators such as Lindsay Parnell focus more directly on the viewers/participants and their roles. Consent becomes important as they are asked to initiate or continue actions in order to allow us to continue performing. This mirroring of social structure highlights that subtle understanding and brings it into conversation, pushing participants into making conscious choices about their actions.
Through performance, installation, and sculpture I create visual cycles that investigate the source of movements. Pedestrian movements: those are the ones our body learns first. But how do these movements develop alongside and amongst other bodies? These questions stem from my desires to break down choreography to its deriving gestural movements. In a recent performance, Sourced, I created this cycle using four bodies which were all influencing each other through visual, verbal, and physical cues. Molly physically communicates to me, I verbally tell Constance, and Constance physically tells Priscilla. The autonomy choreographed into each “role” allows the performers to determine how the phrases change or develop throughout the process.