Mirror the World
Jordan Robson - Pelvic Trance
14/04/2023 — Vivienne Westwood
Dance has a singular way of engaging the senses. It offers a visual vocabulary – at times almost as evocative as speech. In provoking a wordless dialogue between performer and audience member, the medium has often been used to externalise one’s inner world. To disclose the subtleties of both mind and body. This has entirely been the case for choreographer and director Jordan Robson, who equates the art form to ‘a spiritual practice’. With a body of work that embraces fashion, theatre, music and film, his latest piece entitled, ‘Pelvic Trance,’ is an extension of this. In his own words, ‘movement, in any form, is almost a meditation’.
Following his training at the renowned Rambert School of Ballet and Contemporary Dance, Robson’s journey as a professional dancer has led him to perform as a resident at Sadler’s Wells in London, working on worldwide tours with choreographers like Javier de Frutos, Christopher Wheeldon and Ivan Perez. As a director of movement, the artist bridges the gap between dance and fashion. With reference to Vivienne’s influence in particular, Robson shares, ‘I’m endlessly inspired by Vivienne. It was always style over fashion (for her). She had her own magic in that way’. His recent work even features garments from our Spring-Summer 2023 collection, of which he notes, ‘We tried to use fabrics that would be of Vivienne’s world. They speak volumes for themselves – reflecting different textures, dimensions and heritages.’
In ‘Pelvic Trance,’ Robson lends insight into how repetition of a certain movement can be used to transcend one’s mind. ‘All movement stems from the hips and the pelvis,’ he explains. ‘Movement can be used in a meditative way – to reach some level of climax’. As an ode to ritualistic practices, the artist’s references count elements of Tai Chi, Sufism, Chinese mysticism, Indian philosophy and yoga. ‘This was just another attempt at using the body as a vessel to reach some higher dimension,’ he offers. ‘It’s a way of freeing – a celebration of what movement can be.’