for North is an interdisciplinary project created in collaboration and performed with sound/set designer Will Owen and dance artist Hsiao-Jou Tang. After two years in process, it will premiere as an evening-length piece at Center for Performance Research, December 1st - 3rd, 2016. for North was developed with the support of CPR’s Andrew W. Mellon Artist-in-Residence program as well as the organization’s first ever week-long technical residency. The residencies provided us with 100 hours of low cost rehearsal space and one week of exclusive access to CPR’s flexible performance space, with additional support provided by CPR’s resident Technical Director and General Manager.
for North exhibits the empty and occupied space created by moving bodies navigating linear structures. As agents of the set, we manipulate the installation to create transient architectural borders that surround and confine each event. The space is marked out by deliberate and repeated patterns, mapping imperceptible pathways that bend around the space.
The treatment of the aural environment reflects this experience of space. Much of the score is generated live from sound captured by wireless mics attached to our bodies. These sounds are sampled, looped and doctored with filters or manipulations of speed whilst in performance. As the work unfolds, they may undergo erasure and replacement or linger as remnants.
for North, initially titled Room Moving, has been presented at Cultivate NH (Aug. 2014), DANCENOW Steelstacks (Feb. 2015), Center for Performance Research Performance Studio Open House (Feb. 2015), MATA Interval at the Museum of the Moving Image (Mar. 2015), and Gowanus Art & Production's Green Building (Apr. 2015).
You being Me being You and the Eye
Part field study, part composed duet, this two-fold project aims to examine and develop our movement signatures through mimicry and embodiment.
In improvisational sessions – field studies – with invited guest movers, we rigorously observe and mimic their movements, utilizing both sight and impulse to harvest physical essence. Embodiment, a practice of remembering that essence later, offers us the opportunity to experiment with and hone novel ways of moving. This interpersonal practice has transformed our improvisational identities and compositional systems.
The duet composed concurrently with these field studies reveals layered attempts at newness, at defining voice in all its forms.
The work has been performed in-progress in Movement Research at the Judson Church (Oct. 2015), Danspace Project's DraftWork Series (Feb. 2016), Skidmore College (Feb. & Jun. 2016), and the Bates Dance Festival Informal Showing (Aug. 2016).