More stuff on the neutral theme and The 90°! This was back in 2011.
In Mexico DF, we had the bright idea to make a survey with people to see if they felt the same as us about neutral:
We called it The Fake Survey in honour of Liz Lemon.
This is some of the results we got. We might fill in more answers later: they sort of spread themselves all over social media and international harddrives and were difficult to collect. All answers that were given in Spanish and Swedish has here very neutrally been translated to English.
The conclusions drawn from this survey are mostly that neutral varies a lot and that all of our friends disapproves of neutrality – it seems almost neutral to do so. Anyway, we disapprove, too, there’s no breaking out of this flocking exercise. And we had a great time reading these answers. Thanks everyone for answering!
Random answer outside questions
– I think neutral is that which makes no fuss, leaves no prints or impressions. Guess it has to do with impersonality and non-identification somehow. Thus it feels contradictory to *identify* something, such as a single colour (that is made up of a multitude of lights and such), and then point to it as neutral. If it makes sense.
– Somewhere after the first few questions, I started thinking pretty seriously about neutrality and I sort of realized that it’s a concept that doesn’t really seem feasible when I try to situate it inside of my perception of things. I don’t see how it’s possible to not take a position, to not be demarcated and cast into a kind of “otherness”/”separateness.’
What is a neutral colour?
all other than white. if you mix every colour you see its brown.
white or light yellow (hospital neutral)
A self-well-known one.
What is neutral food?
non spicy food and poatoes
food speaks of shared memories. loose your sense of taste by smoking for several years, then swollow fast: its neutral.
Hot soup. water.
Rice and sallad grown by farmers with the help from EU-money and state funds.
mashed potatoe and brown sauce
Some that you pick yourself after patiently been awaiting (you) to do so.
rice or tofu
Give an example of a neutral music score for contemporary dance performance (CDP)
c c c c
voices and noises
sounds without a melody, wind like
Accordning to question 1: (for me) Feist. Following the second question: instant music-making.
maybe one of Erik Satie’s furniture music pieces?
What is a neutral light setting in a CDP?
warms lights from the side
sort of light everywhere on stage.
Yellow or white light directed from above in different directions so that it doesn’t blind the audience nor casts sharp shadows on the dancer.
natural light from above
blue spots and cold white anti-shadows
i can’t think of lighting that would be neutral. maybe none?
What is neutral body temperature?
37 – 38
32 C. Nor hot nor cold.
65 is the number that came into my head but it doesn’t make sense in either fahrenheit or celsius.
What is a neutral make up in a CDP?
no make up.
No make up or make up that cover bad skin/pimples.
no make up
mascara and red lipstick
No make up at all
A smile of friend.
no make up, really. maybe some chapstick and foundation.
What is a neutral country?
one that others orient around? usa?
a country not involved in a specific conflict.
A country that no one notice (could be a closed country as well, with a opressing leader. Hm…)
What is a neutral language?
A boring language
no such thing
What is a neutral first name?
female names ending on an A.
“My name is nobody” – Ulysses
A european wide name without provocative hints, as Anna or Maria or Charles
no such thing
– What is a neutral use of the space in a CDP?
To move and relate to the space as if it is up to me to create. To play with a high social status against the room, like the room is mine, not dangerous or otherwise charged. The room feels self-evident.
flying through it
Like in Italy
open space no wings or legs
the whole space almost all the time
An empty space
oh, i must sound like such a curmudgeon, but i’m not sure i think that neutrality truly exists (partly because i don’t think of things as existing on a linear spectrum). even defining a space is, for me,the act of taking a position/a side/stance and so it can’t really be neutral in that sense.
What is a neutral way of being on stage for a contemporary dancer?
To be yourself, be neutral to yourself.
moving sort of slowly, undesignedly
in training outfit
walking from side to side throwing castañuelas
To have a conversation with the audience and to be open about what is happening
…a break? pause-alike turnarounds?
being on stage and having a body, for me, means creating a position in a very literal sense, but also in an interpretative sense.
What is a neutral way to use gaze in a CDP?
Gaze straight forward, about three meters ahead of yourself.
to look where one has to in order to perform the dance
a la brechtienne without any emotion
not looking at the audience
not sure if it’s what i really think, but the first thing that came to mind was a kind of blank stare where it would be difficult for the viewer to see what the dancer(s) were looking at.
What is a neutral way of standing in a CDP?
Parallell straight forward. perhaps legs a little bit bent.
just standing with arms along the sides
In parallell and a bit diagonally
Like a fox on it’s way to run
What is a neutral duration of a CDP?
a neutral risk
like Beckett did with theatre, “a breath”
a couple of weeks
not possible, since average durations of performances are so culturally and contextually variant that picking any length of time would either be understandable as conforming to some sort of norm (i.e. average lengths like 45 minutes, 1 hour and a half, etc.) or as deviating substantially from those norms.
What is a neutral dance technique?
shake your butt
shake but whilst lifting the leg
Explain the neutral feeling of a performer in a CDP.
like being dead
focused and relaxed.
light, sexy, able to move, very aware of everything
melting and floating
Muscle relaxed in hips and face, Deep breating, body ready, mind empty
What is a neutral shape?
always new, in motion
a loose line
any form that is not mixed up with another form is neutral. A sole line. A sole circle.
a circle, i guess, since it just continues and continues, never breaking up into sides and angles. although there is an inside and an outside of a circle, so i guess it’s not really
neutral/beyond ‘positions’ either
What is a neutral venue to perform a CDP?
a venue built for a CPD
theatre black box
in a building that wasn’t build for theatre purposes. a ols factory place out garage.
An empty space without history or referencies… I don’t think it exists.
any place that has a big floor and space for audience
What is a neutral age?
over 80 when you’ve done the earlier ones.
there is none
From 10 to 20
Give an example of neutral costumes in a CDP.
sweatpants, t-shirts and hoodies
Pants. Like I’m a dancer but not that much.
long sleveed cotton t-shirt and loose pants
your own normal clothes
T-shirt and different kind of normal trousers
What’s a neutral font?
times new roman
this one or times new roman
times new roman
Times New Roman
times new roman
What does a neutral contemporary dancer look like?
open spirit generous on stage, soft.
slim, white, young, girl, short hair
a dance that does not resemble any dance
without sweat or muscular pain
he/she is not very tall, has short hair and a small mouth
as if she or he is not a dancer, but maybe an art student
What is a neutral fund for financing a CDP?
To work for yourself, not asking money by anyone
money from a university
a european based fund that takes a lot of time an effort to gain
any state-sponsored fund. Everybody = nobody = neutrality
When do you encounter the term neutral in your life?
in board games (neutral = unpassable square/zone)
Nothing is neutral if I think of it. Things that belong to basic physical functions feel more neutral, breathing, body temperature, drinking water and so on. On stage it would be what I don’t notice. Maybe I’m mixing it up with natural? Natural is also in the food store, advocating for good health, and in school.
The seconds after orgasm
When I have a shower
when I talk about yoghurt. otherwise never.
Unfortunetly mostly in a negative way. In a positive way about artists when they seem to be able to clean their own toilet.
I think I encounter it the most in discussions of contemporary US politics, where self-ID’ed political moderates claim their views are somehow beyond the polarizing discourses of the Democrats and the Republicans. Maybe this is why I am resistant/skeptical to the concept of