“Love Letter for Turkish Delights is a 15-minute audiobook dedicated to the buoyant texture of this sweet delicacy. Inspired by research across two continents, this project uses the atmosphere of Richard Mercer’s Love Song Dedications, somatic and street dance along with mindfulness to invite people to find the air within their body and space within the thinking mind. To find this air I use the metaphor and the experience of eating a Turkish Delight.
During COVID-19, I want to make people feel good and remind them of the autonomy over their choices and pleasure. I use this poetry to create participatory narrative-based choreographic instructions. The purpose is to remind and invite people to move and use their imagination. People are feeling stifled during COVID-19, this project aims to reinvigorate people’s imaginations and recenter people back into their breath and feel as sweet as a Turkish Delight.”
Background music: Injoy
Recording session provided by Melbourne Theatre Company
Love Letter for Turkish Delights by Jonathan Homsey is created for Shelter 2020.
Choreographer and Curator
Jonathan Homsey is a choreographer and curator working from the positionality of as a Queer Person of Colour based on Wurundjeri country. Originally an award-winning dancer for crews during the naughties in Southern California, he is humbled to be a community leader in so called Australia for the past decade galvanising people together to dance. From Footscray Community Arts Centre to Melbourne Museum, he specialises in platforming Street and Queer dance forms to cultivate empowerment for sexually and ethnically diverse young people.