Pleased to Meet You
Kate Hawkins & Eloise Fornieles
The social greeting of an air kiss is explored as well as its potential to act as flawless façade to less savoury possibilities. It begins with an awkward navigation of the socially distant air kiss. However the kissing doesn’t stop at one or even two cheeks and shifts into a choreographed series of repeated movements echoing the choreographed and repeated social interactions which we mindlessly perform every day. As the rhythmic swing of the gestures slows it becomes clear that the distant air kiss of acquaintances has been replaced by something else altogether – something more akin to the intimate kiss of lovers. Just as the sexual tension becomes unbearable, the performers slowly reverse the sequence of their previous gestures and part as if nothing at all inappropriate has occurred.