I’m browsing Facebook today (I don’t do this often) and I see live stream posts from Ana Sanchez-Colberg. She’s live streaming Betwixt & Between performance events.
A woman is sitting in front of a red chair, moving her hand above her head in a circular motion. She stops and switches hands. She crawls around in circles, stomping her hands.
I scroll down half an inch and I can still see the woman moving and stomping. But now a video post by Amanda Hall begins playing just one post down. Amanda is leading a large group of people in some kind of hip-hop fitness class. The room is crowded, the lights are low, the music is loud and pumping.
I scroll a quarter of an inch up to see the live streaming Betwixt & Between dancer. She stands and stomps her crutches in a circle. She is in some kind of hallway.
If I keep the page in just the right place, I can watch both dancers and events. The woman with crutches alone in a hallway. The woman surrounding by people steadily watching and moving in sync with her.
I use my mouse and scroll up and down.
Up and down to hide and reveal, watch and unwatch, the woman who is live and the woman who is recorded.
I feel like I am part of a/the performance. As I am watching these two videos, I am curating my own performance experience by juxtaposing their view. I play with the recorded video by pausing it and playing and re-playing.
I was betwixt and between these two vastly different forms of movement as dance. They stood on polar opposites for me. I could vacillate between them, not choosing one over the other. I was joining them, I was the connection point the state betwixt these two poles of dance.