Space is a doubt: I have constantly to mark it to designate it. It’s never mine, never given to me, I have to conquer it

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Nicola e Rebecca sono entrambe danzatrici e lavorano nel campo delle arti performative e  interdisciplinari. Formate presso il Dartington College of Arts e presso l’Hochschule fur Schauspielkunst ‘Ernst Busch’ di Berlino. Il loro incontro è avvenuto attorno all’opera di George Perec, e nel 2014 sono state invitate a presentare il loro lavoro alla International Conference Species of Spaces: Transdisciplinary Approaches to the Work of Georges Perec.


Il lavoro parte dal libro “Specie di Spazi” di Perec. L’approccio creativo delle artiste è basato sulla danza, coinvolgendo direttamente la comunità locale. Attraverso la ricerca e la metodologia utilizzate per comporre la propria performance esse indagano l’improvvisazione come strumento di analisi rivolto ai singoli individui e ai gruppi, al loro modo di abitare uno spazio comune.


The artists creative approach of dance and community engagement.

The artists shall be working from the book ‘Species of Spaces and Other Pieces’ (1974) of French writer Georges Perec through a creative approach of dance and community engagement. Having explored the text for performance making, the artists would like to apply their methodology to explore improvisation as a tool to study how individuals and groups inhabit and exchange through spaces.

The aim is to develop a creative and reflective tour in specific locations by using Perec’s approach towards the discovery and relation to spaces through ordinary and infraordinary places, whilst uncovering hidden stories. The intervention will create a new life in the city with local participants to compose and share personal journeys and memoirs.

Nicola Rayworth (UK)
Rebecca Camilleri (Malta)

Nicola and Rebecca are both dance artists working in an interdisciplinary performance field.Both trained in choreography at Dartington College of Arts, a specialist institution in multi-disciplinary and performative approaches and at Hochschule fur Schauspielkunst ‘Ernst Busch’, Berlin, the artists encourage a teaching environment which celebrates the individual within the communal setting.

Rebecca is a core member of the rubberbodies collective and Nicola joined as a collaborator, where together in 2013 until present they have been working on the research project S -S SPACES. The artists have been working with Georges Perec’s Species of Spaces and Other Pieces (1974) exploring movement material through workshops designed for performing arts, design, architecture and creative writing students at Teeside University, UK and School of Performing Arts, Malta, as well as centres for additional needs. In July 2013 they were invited to present a work in progress performance at MAP Mostra de Processos in Porto, Portugal. In February 2014, the artists were keynote performers at the international conference Species of Spaces: Transdisciplinary Approaches to the Work of Georges Perec.


For the past year, we have been working through performance with the text of French author Georges Perec. In Species of Spaces and Other Species (1974), Perec reinvents common spaces. He triggers the numb senses by transforming common objects, places and the world we created around them and invites the reader to look at spaces in new ways. Perec used the term infraordinary to describe the ordinary and habitual aspects of everyday life. What is space? Space is a doubt: I have constantly to mark it to designate it. It’s never mine, never given to me, I have to conquer it. My spaces are fragile: time is going to wear them away, to destroy them. Nothing will any longer resemble what was, my memories will betray me, oblivion will infiltrate my memory. Space melts like sand running through one’s fingers. Time bears it away and leaves me only shapeless shreds. (Perec, 1974, p.91) Space is a way of measuring time; space between sound, the space between words, the space between actions, the space between thoughts and the background silence between everything. All these spaces are the same space. This space is the path, the corridor towards the spirit.