Dancing on the Carpet – Esmé Valk
Dancing on the Carpet is a 38 page, handbound book that is partly screenprinted and partly riso printed. Upon opening the first page a red insert is revealed, containing the essay Dancing on the Carpet. The main part of the book displays the images on pages that have been bound according to a Japanese tradition.
The essay describes a personal view on the staging of dance inside a natural decor and the relationship between ideology, movement and its representation. The text also discusses the multiple ways in which the still image is tied to dance and the major role the life reform movement played in the development of German modern dance.
2012 – English – 38 pp. – 19,7 x 20 cm – softcover – handbound – screenprint and risograph, Edition: 100 numbered copies, Concept: Esmé Valk, Text: Esmé Valk, Editing: Dorrie Tattersall, Design: Esmé Valk, Technical support: Jo Frenken
Produced in the Charles Nypels Lab of the Jan van Eyck Academie, Maastricht, NL