Love – an interest or pleasure in something or someone
But how do you describe it? Is it sufficient for the same person to say (sometimes in
the same breath) I love football and I love you? Is this shorthand a betrayal in trying to
describe something that is perhaps indescribable and changes to do with time,
perception and subjectivity?
What one person experiences or understands as love can never be the same as what
someone else experiences or understands – even in a loving relationship – which
makes it a very problematic concept and word. But, a word we hold onto and use
daily as a form of ‘truth’ and as our reference point for many things.
Is Love therefore an over-used word? How do you know love when the term is used to
describe a wide variety of different things, affections and emotions?
Politics of Love was always conceived as a performance poetry collection but in
keeping with the genre and in order to develop the rhythms and find the voice of the
poems, it was piloted on stage: It was commissioned for Moving with the Times as a 20
minute dance-theatre piece with two dancers (February 2014); It then went to
London as a solo piece, winning Best Drama in the 7th London International Solo
Festival (July 2014); and finally as a 35 minute performance for the Oxford Dance
Festival (March 2015) with additional second performer alongside two dancers. All
of these enabled a refining of the narrative, the voice of the protagonist and finding
the subtleties in the musical score of the poems.