EMERGENCY CHORUS(Ben Kulvichit & Clara Potter-Sweet)
Emergency Chorus is a performance collective, co-run by myself and Ben Kulvichit, with Emily Davis as producer. We’ve been working together since 2016.
We make contemporary performances which investigate the anxieties and optimisms of the present. Our work collides disparate source materials to create collages of choreography, music, text and images.
We have made and toured two full-length shows - CELEBRATION (2016), which episodically explored youth and optimism in a year of bizarre disaster; and Landscape (1989) (2018), a choreographic meditation on mushrooms, apocalypse, and life in the wilderness - as well as works in short and durational formats (You Have Reached Emergency Chorus and Mr Jet).
We’re currently developing our third show, Something in Your Voice - an interrogation of modern communication and intimacy through the archaic figure of the corded phone.
Our name gestures towards the potential energy that lies within crisis - a holding in balance of disaster and the opportunity for change. Rebecca Solnit says in Hope in the Dark:
‘Inside the word "emergency" is "emerge"; from an emergency new things come forth. The old certainties are crumbling fast, but danger and possibility are sisters.”