Finally

Photo: Aksel Pépin

We are collecting thoughts/responses after the weekend of our symposium in Nesodden. Here’s a text written by Schouskollektivet’s artistic director Sophie Barth, with reflections from a butoh exercise, becoming other, dreams, and the performance at Hellviktangen Kunstkafé.

Finally

I get up
I lie down
hands buried deep into the soil
eyes wide open
back bent forward
different direction

When I get up in the morning
I see a stranger gazing at
a face with features
that do not belong to me

Face down.

A dream came to me when -
no
not that dream again
when I look back
I see the door opening
a hand reaching into
the room

I fall.

When I get up
I lie down
cannot shake the feeling of 
perhaps
this body belongs
to the dreamer
a pale face in stone

I stand.

Shadows balancing on rocks
birds lying in the still waters
shifting positions
moving away then
coming together
What is left to tell?

When I get up in the morning
I
lie down.

Sophie Barth, August 2020

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