"A hand laid on another's shoulder or thigh does not anymore belong to the body from which it came." (Rainer Maria Rilke)
The two-part theatrical performance by Anna Grebennikova and Polina Ryumina Conversation as Touch is a work that explores how a shared story is born through non-verbal communication carried out with the help of visual language and haptics. The performance is based on the many thrilling memories of the artists' past and their feelings connected to these memories. The performance's narrative is figurative, and it symbolically takes place in different geographical locations, such as Armenia, grandmother's country house, or a typical small town.
"Our work is a stream of thoughts, a dialogue, a conversation between two people that share something very important from within themselves. It is an "out loud" reflection in visual language. By "talking" in this way, we explore touch. When we talk to each other, when we share our thoughts, it is as if we are touching each other. The memories we share cease to belong only to us. One story clings to another, and a conversation is born."