A multi-channel video installation composed of existing footage shot in 2004 in Montevideo, Uruguay, UNIGLORY explores the interaction of bodies in space and addresses the determination to create a physical connection with another person.
Based on two very different dance improvisations, one contact jam and one tango practice, the piece investigates how improvisational dance duets reflect universal themes of attraction and repulsion. More than just the representation of bodies existing together, the installation confronts the viewer with questions about how to share an experience with another body.
How much tension is required to create the delicate equilibrium necessary to move together, to exist together? The title UNIGLORY comes from a shipping crate just outside the dance space. The word points to the feeling of great happiness that is the result of two bodies moving with a sense of unity.
Laura Taler was fellow at the ICI in autumn 2008.