Structure and Objectives

The performance will be arranged as a transdisciplinary scenic concert, involving three materials of investigation and performance: body, sound and object. The stage will reflect this transdisciplinary. It will be equipped with a metal and wood constructed mobile platform in the shape of a giant spinning top and an eloquent array of microphones that can record all sounds produced onstage. A single artistic performer will take up the center of the stage and the focus of the audience.

The spinning top serves as one of the objects of exploration for performer and sound artists during our research and show. It has the capacity to alter from stability to movement, thus changing the architecture of the space while it is being manipulated. The dramaturgy of the performance will be developed ongoingly during the show, responding to the performer’s exploration of speed, spinning and effects of weight on the spinning top. Balance as a non-static condition will be investigated in terms of personal vulnerability, with the body having the capacity of resolving situations of insecurity through organically reorganizing itself. The top of a pole in the middle of the platform gives the opportunity for suspension of the hair hanging artist. She can then explore the modes of movement around this pole, on the platform, in brief moments of flight and levitation in a low-flying dance at a 45° angle.

The motive of the elements will play a huge role in this exploration, as the performer transits from air to earth when she goes from a dynamic, dance-like flight to a deeply rooted connectivity with the ground beneath her. Yet, moments of trust in the stability of the object can quickly melt like ice under her feet and leave her shaky again. During the research process, we will engage with Pre-Hispanic sacred dances and techniques of foot percussion. The dances will represent a return and re-connection to the performer’s origins, but also be part of the cleansing rituals performed onstage.

The sounds produced with her body will add up to a rhythmic sound scape. More to that, it will reflect the experienced states of balance on an auditive level as it will grow disharmonic and out of tune when the performer is instable and harmonic and in tune when the performer has found her balance, thus making the performance a space for transdisciplinary experiment and experience.