As a part of their work with
persons of other abilities, Palindrome created two pieces with persons
of other abilities. They were performed at CyNetArt in Dresden in 2013,
and AMBER in Istanbul in 2014.
In Greek mythology, Tiresias was a blind prophet of Thebes,
famous for clairvoyance and for being transformed into a woman for seven
Tiresias is an interactive dance piece exploring ranges of dynamic in
expressive gesture – from small discrete finger movements, medium
sized "conversational" gestures, to large energetic swipes and
explosive outbursts – and how these movements can be interpreted
sonically. The piece plays on the theoretical work of composer Francois
Bayle’s dealing with the phenomenology of listening dealing with
acousmatic music – music without visual sound sources. While Bayle
maps out modes of musical sound/play using movement metaphors like “rub”,
“pull”, “push” or “slide”, we turn
this around and instead map out movement modes using sound. The sounds
palette of the piece is based on hundreds of prerecorded sound particles.
The sound particles make up a rich amalgam of sound objects, differing
greatly in quality and feel and the degree to which they invite concrete
associations and narratives. They are played purely by the dancers' movements
(no movement=no sound). A small discreet finger movement plays a single
sample, but large gestures result in concatenations, building into chains
and finally leading to dense clouds or roaring masses of sound.
CCD Camera technology, PC+MAC computers with industrial frame-grabber.
EyeCon motion tracking, CSound Music creation software
Creation: October 2013, Palindrome Dance Company e.V.
Choreography: Robert Wechsler
Performers: Robert Wechsler, Annika Dörr and Thomas Mader
Musical composition: Andreas Bergsland
Length: 12 minutes
Premiered at Cynetart IMF Dresden, November 17th,
support of the culture programme of the European Union