Tiresias

     

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.

"TIRESIAS"
Creation 2013

In Greek mythology, Tiresias was a blind prophet of Thebes, famous for clairvoyance and for being transformed into a woman for seven years.
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.

Technologies
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, 2013

 

 

 

with the support of the culture programme of the European Union