With Smooth Oscillator we are inspired by Jane Bennet’s definition of assemblage as a gathering of materials that are distinct but inseparable. The elements of an assemblage are never fully independent, constantly affecting and being affected by one another in a way that resists clear hierarchies. We want to explore the potential of this concept to create a choreography in which voice, sound and movement are reimagined in a vibrant reality.
Our fascination lies in the vibrancy of the moving body and voice, and their potential to oscillate between explicitness and opaqueness. How can we create clarity in movement, gestures, words and sound, while maintaining a variety of possible interpretations and narratives? How do gestures, sound and words function as references that open up the potential of human imagination? We are curious how we can, combined with distortion and amplification, form an assemblage that suggests its own universe. We are taking inspiration from speculative fiction writers such as N.K. Jemisin, Ursula Le Guin and Joanna Russ. Jemisin, Ursula Le Guin and Joanna Russ, whose works have clear references to our societal and psychological reality, yet happen in a universe whose premises seem unfamiliar, strange or distorted to us.
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THE TEAM BEHIND
Max Wallmeier (DE/DK) is a choreographer and dancer based in Copenhagen. In his work, time perception and different states of attentiveness are central. He aims
to counteract the acceleration and overstimulation present in today’s life.
Recently, worked with reversibility as a choreographic and movement principle to disturb the idea of linear progression. It asks both performer and audience to re-engage with details of movements, unfolding repeatedly in everchanging variations.
Lisa Colette Bysheim (NO) is a dancer and choreographer from Bergen, Norway.
In her work, she plays with humor to challenge perceptions of power. A consistent interest in her artistic practice is to investigate how language and movement combined can allow multilinear narratives to unfold without submitting them to an internal hierarchy. Bysheim wants to give attention to the way language enables us to articulate how differences underscore our lives by challenging ideas of center, hierarchy and control.