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An Experiment in Embodied Phenomenology with Sophie Traub

“To touch the coarse skin of a tree is thus, at the same time, to experience one’s own tactility, to feel one’s self touched by the tree. To see the world is also, at the same time, to experience oneself as visible, to feel oneself seen.”
-The Spell of the Sensuous by David Abram

In a playful philosophical performance Sophie Traub will guide an audience through an immersive experiment in embodied audience-ship. The piece will have a foothold in Merleau-Ponty’s phenomenology, exploring the concept that existence is constituted by movement, and perception is a reciprocal phenomenon. Drawing on this idea, Sophie will explore performance as a reciprocal event.  Employing fiction as a space to create a common story, and using chance elements, Sophie at once will guide the audience, and will be guided by the audience.

Sophie Traub is an actor and performing artist based in Brooklyn. As a performance artist, she has performed pieces in the DUMBO Arts Festival, the Norman Felix Gallery, and ARTSCAPE in Toronto. As an actor, Sophie has performed in a number of stage productions and independent features, including “Thou Wast Mild & Lovely” directed by Josephine Decker, set to be released for public consumtion this November. Sophie is also an alumni and co-organizer of the artist’s residency program, The School of Making Thinking.

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