What does silence mean to you?


To me, silence is a necessary component of active listening. Waves of Flesh was born out of our research project “why are we like this”, commissioned by the Toronto Dance Love-In. We created a blog filled with resources for anti-black racism, intersectional feminism, and our own writings on how these issues were present in our dance communities. As dance makers we felt a strong desire to be silent, so that we could listen, and consider the world in which we were making work. Silence is also violent, especially when cis-white-men, like myself, are silent in the presence of oppression. Because of Waves of Flesh, I practice asking myself: “when is my silence necessary? And when is it violent?”