Moirai is an exploration of the experience of time through an interdisciplinary approach
based on improvisation at the intersection between dance and language.

Everyday language often reflects a conception of time based on a modernist vision of
linear progress. In this perspective time is moving relentlessly forward, in a constant flow
that can be measured.

Moirai enquires into alternative kinds of time: circular time, cyclic time, asynchronous time,
heterogenous time, parallel time, multiple time, mystic time.
Those times are what medievalist Carolyn Dinshaw calls queer forms of temporalities
and have the potential to open up to a possibly fuller, definitely more complex,
understanding of what we call present, past and future.

Moirai’s point of departure is a dance score inspired by the mythical figures of
the Three Fates (Moirai in the Greek mythology) who are said to be able to see the whole time.

Photography by Alen Aligrudić

Everybody is dancing, at all times they can choose between those activities:

Keep on dancing.
Observing the other’s dance.
Observing the other’s dance and describing the parallel time (future or present or past) they see through that dance. The description is made in the present tense.

Through the score the dancers come close to the Moirai by playing with their power in a human capacity. They imagine being able to see past(s), present(s) and future(s) through the dance they are dancing together. The score activates a feed-back loop in which the dance and the descriptive narration happening at the same time influence each other. Together they open up for reflections about time, the perception of time, the significance of time, the way we measure time, and how time is controlled by social norms.

Photography by Alen Aligrudić

Moirai is a collaboration between Alice Martucci, Birgitte Skands and Peter Vadim that started in 2019.
In the summer 2020 the project was in residency at BIRCA in Bornholm.