It was an ordinary grey afternoon, the fog appeared to clear in the park, when the street foxes came out in numbers, “it’s so romantic, I’m gonna come”, they howled. The magic hour approached with its bait. Something behind their backs gave it away. There was no way but forward. Their backs hollowing, hidden in plain sight, leaking souls mixing up. They steadied their pace straight ahead. Now running. The deeper the leak, the faster the pace. Settling in a calm flux, inside out, and so on.
mixed feelings is a dance performance by Adriano Wilfert Jensen and is part of analysis, a long-term research project about the politics of feelings(s). As a dance that unfolds in various formats and collaborations, analysis investigates relations between subjects and feelings. It starts from the supposition that feelings are opaque, mediated, and that they are something you do (consciously or not) rather than have. In this performance, Adriano Wilfert Jensen collaborates with a large team of artists, with the focus on dismantling the individualistic frame of desire in dancing and watching. mixed feelings explores the mess and ambivalence of whatever stands under, through, and above ‘us’ individuals.
The dance of mixed feelings won’t happen without you. It doesn’t really want anything from you, but it has a hard time separating itself and its wants from you. The dance minds its own business, but that business is already mixed up in you. Appearing calm, stubbornly open-ended, and without asking for interaction, mixed feelings creates a situation where one no longer knows where dancing stops and looking begins.