with Legion Seven, Sonya Francis Cullingford, Patricia Langa
Presented by A- - -Z
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As verbal communication is emptied out of meaning through politics and mass media we’re turning elsewhere for meaning.
How can we free ourselves from set definitions enforced by narrative power structures?
How can we use other forms of communication, such as voice, abstract words, tone, gesture, movement, rhythm, resonance and repetition in order to create meaning?
The new performance examines the relationship between voice, gesture and social norms. Gesture, voice and language contribute to an embodied vocabulary through which the three performers navigate fragmentary exchanges, reflecting on the edges of subjectivity, inner landscapes and representation, using sound and movement as a catalyst for transforming expression. And create alternative spaces, away from the power relations and politics that are often involved in it and thus empowering the individual.
The performance is based on a script written by Nicole Bachmann and then developed with the three performers, based on experimentation and improvisation.
About the artist:
In her practice Nicole Bachmann explores ways of knowledge production through the use of the voice, language, movement and rhythm. Using text as a starting point, she collaborates with actors and dancers to create live performances and scenarios that deconstruct language and movement in order to create new ways of communicating and conveying information. Specifically, Bachmann is interested in how the voice and movement can be activated by the individual to make oneself heard and used as an agent for social and political change. Thus the artist proposes alternatives to the linear creation of meaning and sense is often constructed solely through intonation, rhythm and movement in relation to the human body. This interplay of physical and vocal investigations of language aims to build new scenarios and spaces for the construction of knowledge, away from the power relations and politics that are often involved in it and thus empowering the individual.