What we set out to do is not to imagine a future that will be, but one that might be, based on our understanding of our past, our current situations, personal experiences and lived realities. We may find it at times hard to imagine what the future might look like, because we can only look forward with the knowledge and feelings we have today. The shape of the future cannot be known with exact precision, but we can perhaps trace its outline, connect dots, deconstruct the past, express our hopes and collectively imagine new scenarios, new ways of existing, living, learning, producing and dreaming together. The future, as the group imagined, holds space for a multitude of shapes, colors, people and possibilities.
What is the meaning of a monument, or a statue. How do we validate what or who is honored or commemorated? How do we live and come to terms with our histories? How do we reframe or rewrite them? How do our personal and collective histories inform our present and shape our future? What can we learn from our histories in order to create change for the future? What would a ‘monument of the future’ look like? What would it signify?
How do we identify what we want for our future and what we do not want for our future? What do we see when we look at our current situation, how can we use today’s reality as a starting point for imagining how the future might take shape. If we created collectively a ‘Manifesto for the Future’ what would this manifesto say? And how can we say this in a language everyone understands?
What does community mean? What does community support mean? How can we support each other? We started to practice choreographer Simone Forti’s Huddle. This piece is one of Forti’s best known dance pieces and suggests the way that notions of community were being rethought during the 1960s; a time period where collective action had become central to political life of the United States. Huddle was a way of encouraging reflection on what happens when a group of people come together and how they negotiate each other. This seemed and extremely timely piece to re-perform in our current divisive political climate, in which new forms of collective action are taking form and shaping the discourse.