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Constants a future perfect (1998)
Constants - a future perfect 1998
She is rehearsing her love just one more time. Over three score and ten, now she needs to get it just right. Time is running out for her, as it is for the rest of us. But in this constant instant, this endless replay of those lines he might have said, the moves she kind of made, the images you will see, her time is also filling up and brimming over. Her past pours into the future, which is where we are all going. In this old woman's reverie, memory compresses upon memory, the images so vivid we do not know whether they or she are for real. What actually happened and what could still happen saturate one another. And at this point of letting go, does it really matter whether our memories retell the past or help us write the future?

Collaborating with composer Darren Bourne and multi-media artist Caroline Rye, Bodies in Flight's ninth work challenges the assumptions we make about the ageing process. Two women performers, one twenty-three, the other seventy-four, interrogate the differing capabilities and experiences of each other's lives. Using choreography and text, sound and video interactively, they conspire and conflict to stage our culture's anxieties over, attitudes to and depiction of the old. Their bodies become the intimate site upon which to celebrate the ageing process as both beautiful and terrible, as the one, true shared experience of human existence.