A hand is a blade / En hånd er en manet
Text publication - an anthology of short texts
Jeg begynte å ta ting i hendene. Å bære rundt, gav meg
følelsen av å eie. Av å romme noe utenfor meg selv.
Å inkludere mer, gjorde kroppen lettere å bære.
Jeg behøvde ikke å anstrenge meg så mye.
Det var bare å dingle med, la tingene lede an, dit jeg bar dem
Extracts from assessment report
(by the committee members: Professor Jeremy Welsh, Associate Professor Snelle Hall and Professor Jeroen Fabius):
(…) “A hand is a blade” is a clear example of an artist writing in and through her own creative practice, and functions also as a purely literary text, “Choreopetic” could be seen as a useful reference book for discussions in, but not only in, contemporary choreography and performance
(…) The book, “A hand is a blade” contains texts, in both Norwegian and English, that span diaristic entries commenting upon her working processes, comments upon themes, issues and ideas encountered underway, observations and short narratives, often with a memorial character. The style of writing is non-academic, personal, close to artistic practice.
(…) In the afterword to “A hand is a blade”, Richardsen writes “I consider that, taken as a single whole, the work functions precisely when allowed to speak for itself; it both highlights and manifests questions concerning choreographic implications that traverse the boundaries of various disciplines and discourses; it amounts to a meta-level negotiation about space and verbalisation, methods and processes - issues relating to work demarcation, autonomy, forms of documentation, presentation and display”. It is perhaps tempting to infer that the latter is a kind of manifesto for the future development of her practice.
(…) Elsewhere in “A hand is a blade” Richardson states “It strikes me that my work is thoroughly methodically sporadic, and not the other way round. I strive to maintain a focus on what is determined not be objectives, but by opportunities.” - a reflective comment that can usefully be applied to her body of work as a whole.