What can I love? A country, an arm, a doll, a new brand? We scratch our hearts with the patience of a farmer in a glittering landscape. “Encaje” is a work about hypocrisy and inspired by the diaries of Anaïs Nin.

The Process

ENCAJE plays with two concepts I have been exploring in my research for a while: « Diary exercise » and « Radio exercise ».

The « Diary exercise » is a tool referencing the daily writing practice of novelist Anaïs Nin which she employed all through her life. I have always been inspired and somewhat guided by Anaïs Nin’s writings. Nin was an essayist and memoirist born to Cuban parents in France, where she was also raised. She wrote journals since she was 11 years old and ending shortly before her death as well as novels, critical studies, essays, short stories, and erotica. Her at times raw and blunt accounts of her everyday life as well as the acute observations of her own behavior and that of her peers had a great impact on the development of feminist thought.

«Diary exercises»: is a “Pull-out” to set a short material, exploring mood sensations in the present moment and within it, searching for a fitting at times visceral vocabulary. It collects from the everyday material, a diary of unpredictability, a set of emotions and transformations affected by the minute, the hour, the day. I am interested in a form of recapitulation, an archive that captures the instant. I reinvent the untold, unpublished present of chaos and vulnerability.

In that vein I designed the « Radio exercise » : I am letting radical changes of states, provoking a shift of action in the brain that combine spontaneously preset determined information, making space for complexity and coincidence, thereby empowering a challenge delivery. Very much like turning the dial on an old radio, the body snaps from one state to the next, allowing the collision of contrasting facts to unfold.

The two exercises both influence and structure my solo. « Diary exercise » is choreograph and « Radio exercise » is an improvised solid structure. I start « writing » my entry of the day, looking at it line by line, to then gloss some paragraphs, to remark, reject, re-design.

My life is not possible to tell. I change every day, change my patterns, my concepts, my interpretations. I am a series of moods and sensations. I play a thousand roles. I weep when I find others play them for me. My real self is unknown. My work is merely an essence of this vast and deep adventure.
Anaïs Nin

Judith Sánchez Ruíz | JSR Company
Choreography and Performance: Judith Sánchez Ruíz
Length: 30 minutes
Music: ARCA
Costume Design: Beate Borrmann
Choreographic assistance: Edivaldo Ernesto
Light Design: Eduardo Abdala

Performance History

  • Work-in-progress at Festival Deltebre Dansa, July 17. 2017, Spain
  • Residency award at Choreographisches Centrum Heidelberg in Projekt der TANZAllianz, August 20-30. 2017, Heidelberg, Germany
  • 13th Guangdong Dance Festival, November 30. 2017, Guangzhou, China. 2018
  • Show at Box L.A. / we live in space, January 12-13. 2018 Los Angeles
  • Brooklyn Studios for Dance, January 19 & 20, 2018. NYC



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