We had a chat with poet, playwright and pole dancer Chanje Kunda about her new show Superposition - where erotic dance and science combine in the search for the laws of attraction & the Meaning of Life
Themes in the show include quantum physics, existentialism and pole-dancing – what inspired you to combine these into one show?
I enjoy reading books about the laws of attraction like The Secret which looks at how we can use the laws of attraction to create the life of our dreams. I wanted to find out what the real laws of attraction were so I decided to interview a particle physicist, a philosopher and also attend a lap dancing course, as each would provide their own take on the subject.
What did your research look like for the show?
My research included interviewing a physics research fellow from UCL in London, a particle physicist, and a professor of philosophy at Manchester University. I also did extensive reading on the subject. This taught me a lot, including how we are made of the same elements as celestial bodies, and that we have a universe of particles within us.
I attended a lap dancing course by the Live Art Development Agency at the Fierce Festival in Birmingham, took pole dancing lessons, and interviewed a tantra expert. All of this was so much fun (and great for fitness!) and taught me a lot about body confidence. I learnt that if you believe that you are incredible, you will be. Attractiveness is to do with self belief; self love and confidence are very important aspects of these forms and are more crucial than physical elements of the practice.
What does the show tell us about modern-day feminism?
That we have a plethora of opportunities that exists beyond our boredom, and life for us is a sea of unending possibilities. We should enjoy and celebrate our womanhood, our sensuality and our dreams. It is important to take back ownership of every aspect of ourselves, including our erotic selves, which is a part of our divinity.
What has been the biggest challenge in making the show?
I think the biggest challenge was marrying the different subject elements, but actually I found that this was a beautiful challenge that yielded great results. I had to find ways to make the science and the sexiness fit together, and used a variety of devices to do this.
You’re well known for performance poetry – how did you get in to this?
I was working as a performance poet so I was used to being on stage. My ambitions evolved into combining poetic text with performance art and dance. I really wanted to use my body and my mind to explore life and the universe. This has been a golden opportunity!
What do you hope audiences will take away from the show?
I hope audiences will grasp this concept:
You cannot say to a wave in the ocean, you are not the ocean, you are just a a wave. Collectively, each wave makes up the ocean. Each wave is the ocean. similarly, each one of us is the universe. The universe is a term for all that is. Don't ask the universe, you are universe, as much as the ocean of stars in our galaxy. Our bodies are celestial bodies.
In a world where appearances, size and bodies are constantly scrutinised, where women's eroticism is commodified and cheapened, Superposition challenges perceptions and searches for new ways to celebrate the female body.
Thu 9 & Fri 10 Nov
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Thu 9 & Fri 10 Nov
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