去发现，是一个过程，是一个很有趣的过程。在2013 Arts Cross中，我们作为观察者会与编导、演员一同去发现创作过程中存在的一些有趣的、有意义的事情。在＂舞动无界＂的这次工作中，我转换了角色，与前两次舞者、编导的身份不同，观察者给了我更多去了解舞动、关注创作的角度和纬度，而这正是我在不断发现舞蹈魅力到过程。
这次Arts Cross的主题是＂离乡• 在别处＂，刚听到这个主题时我有些恍惚，因为那是我刚到英国伦敦的第一天，我想到这是我？还有与我同行来自北京的学者们？还有来自台湾和其他地方的学者们？这个主题很有趣，让我不断的想问问题。我忽然感受到一种久违的情怀，＂思乡、惆怅＂。这时候我又有些恍惚，我的思乡是应该具体到何地呢？我现在生活在北京，而我来自内蒙古…
＂离乡•在别处＂此时好像在说所有从不同城市来到伦敦参与Arts Cross的人，这是一个找到我们共性的方式，而我们在一起发现更多不同，关于舞蹈、编创、动作、想法、文化、习惯 等等。我很享受这个发现的过程，在这过程中我会记录关于一些＂相同与不同＂的部分，以观察者的角度发现舞蹈创作过程中每一位参与者的变化与不变，我期待这个过程，这个＂离乡•在别处＂的过程。
Leaving home: being elsewhere
Discovery is a process. A fascinating process. During the 2013 ArtsCross session, we had the opportunity, as observers, to discover, together with the choreographers and performers, some interesting, meaningful things which occurred during the creative process. During this session of “Danscross”, I took on a different role. Unlike the previous two sessions, where I participated as a dancer and a choreographer, participating this time as an observer, I had more latitude to seek to understand dance, and it was through this process that I came to appreciate even more the attraction of dance.
The theme of this year’s ArtsCross was “Leaving home: being elsewhere”. When I first heard this theme, I felt almost as if I was in a dream. It was my first day in London. Were they referring to me? Or to the scholars who came with me from Beijing? Or the academics, from Taiwan and from other places? This was a really interesting theme. It kept making me think of questions I wanted to ask. I suddenly felt overcome by a feeling of homesickness and melancholy which I had not felt for a long time. At this point, I began to feel fuzzy again… where exactly should I be homesick for? I currently live in Beijing, but I am originally from Inner Mongolia…
During one of the discussion sessions we talked about “cosmopolitanism”, and while we were constantly asking ourselves, “Who are we?” “Where do we come from?” we recognised that we all exist within the world as “global citizens”. In recent years, whether in the world of dance or in other fields, it is clear that things are becoming more and more globalised. While this makes many things more convenient, we also encounter many challenges. This also is a process of discovery. Through the 2013 ArtsCross platform, we came into contact with dancers and choreographers from many different places. Their cooperation allowed us to use the platform provided by this dance project to use the perspectives of dance to discover new questions. This was what was interesting: from the observer’s perspective, the “Leaving home: being elsewhere” theme encompassed more than just the dance aspect; it also touched upon a broader vision.
At this point, “Leaving home: being elsewhere” seemed to be saying that these people had come to London from different cities to participate in ArtsCross, and that this was a way of finding a commonality. We were discovering more things that were different — about dance, choreography, movement, ideas, culture, habits, and more… I really enjoyed this process of discovery. In this record I will touch upon some “similarities and differences”, and seek out the things which changed and the things which did not change in the participants during the dance creation process, from the perspective of an observer. I am very much looking forward to this process, a process of “Leaving home: being elsewhere.”