“Sympoiesis” is a bio-inspired dance performance. Coined originally by Beth Dempster, this term implied ‘multi-species making together.’ The performance emerges from the relationship between myself, a plant, a slime mould, four dancers, and a sound designer. It invites you to rethink your relationship with another living being. To make you ask yourself, "What are the stories of these other organisms around me? Why do they matter?"
The multiple crisis we are facing (ecological, social, economic and political) come down to the fact that humans are using more resources than the planet can offer and regenerate. From the overproduction and overconsumption prompted by the industrial revolution, there has been an accelerated increase in the disruption of the Earth systems. Because of a tale focussing on creating more, better, cheaper, we have cut off any narrative promoting the rest of the living beings as equals. They progressively became inanimate ressources for humans to use. This crack in our relationship towards other living beings is the 'tipping point' with which this performance concerns itself.
The dance piece has been created by studying two organisms I encountered: Sissi, an indoor plant from my appartment: Alocasia Zebrina and the Slimies, a slime mould from my school's lab: Physarum polycephalum. From my relationship with them and the information I could gather, in terms of biology, ecology, history, philosophy and anthropology, I created characters to embed their stories. As movements are our only common language, I chose to share my research with dancers to be able to bring their stories on stage.