Chew On This with Zena Bibler

Attuning to Complex Contexts: Training Polyattentiveness in Parcon Resilience

Chew On This with Zena Bibler

This paper considers the kinetic and political implications of polyattentiveness within a radically inclusive, site-specific, improvisational movement form called Parcon. In addition to aiding practitioners with the physical demands of sharing weight on variable terrain, I posit that Parcon also issues both a refusal of and alternative to dominant attentive practices in the West that are predicated on selection and exclusion. Through a mobile, multisensory, and inclusive practice of attention, Parcon's movement possibilities emerge from the ongoing effort of training one’s sensitivity and responsiveness to partners' complex, intersecting, and heterogeneous contexts.

Zena Bibler is a dancer and PhD candidate at WAC/D, UCLA.

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