This week we welcome Leah Ives as she explores the theme of “memory” in the passage of Numbers 15:38-40
“Speak to the Israelites and say to them: ‘Throughout the generations to come you are to make tassels on the corners of your garments, with a blue cord on each tassel. You will have these tassels to look at and so you will remember all the commands of the Lord, that you may obey them and not prostitute yourselves by chasing after the lusts of your own hearts and eyes. Then you will remember to obey all my commands and will be consecrated to your God.
Conceived and performed by Leah Ives
Music by Rex Luthor
From the Artist
I used the blue yarn to physically tie myself to memories because I was curious about the movement it would dictate. Sometimes it directs, sometimes it inhibits, sometimes it supports, sometimes it strangles. Eventually, like so many things that I make an attempt to remember, it loses its anchor and becomes simply part of my clothing, simply ornamentation. It raises questions for me about the necessity to frequently remember and reattach the string in order for the string to continue to support and guide. The necessity to detach from certain memories is also apparent in order to move freely, but at what point does this desire for freedom and detachment yield no support, no direction, no anchor? Are we capable of truly remembering? Or, like the Israelites of the old testament, will we always forget, despite the fringe on our clothing.
Leah Ives is a New York based dance artist and massage therapist. Leah holds a BFA in dance from the University of Michigan. She is currently a collaborator and performer for Coriolis (dir. Elizabeth Dishman), The A.O. Movement Collective (dir. Sarah A.O. Rosner), and Avodah Dance (dir. Julie Gayer-Kris). Leah is also a co-founder of The Woods Cooperative, a cooperative rehearsal space for dance in Ridgewood, Queens.
This work was curated by Elizabeth Dishman.
This work is copyrighted by the artists and used here with permission.