gestural performance with live-electronic music.
|"With the focus on relational impact rather than virtuosity, the emphasis on the creation of sonic spaces and situations rather than intricate and brilliant technical or compositional solutions, this work represents a ‘lowercase’ or minor gestural performance in the vein of minor literature (Deleuze and Guattari 1986) and poor theatre (Grotowski 2012). Doubt, uncertainty, risk-taking and the will to create situations that are unknowable beforehand form and inform the performances, the experience of vulnerability and being exposed are a central part of the meaning, significance and statement of the pieces." (2016)|
"Seit den legendären Auftritten von Michel Waisvisz habe ich nie mehr einen Performer gesehen und gehört, der meinen Vorstellungen von Live-Elektronik so nahe kam - das heisst, bei dem die Gestik und das klangliche Resultat einen für den Zuhörer verständlichen Zusammenhang hatten."
"Since the legendary performances of Michel Wasvisz I have never seen and heard a performer who approximates my vision of live-electronics so closely - i.e. where gesture and sonic result present a coherence understandable for the listener."
Bruno Spoerri, Swiss Electronic Music Pioneer
|New territories are only truly discovered by going there.|
This holds true for both the stage and the world at large. On stage, the physical presence of the performer is one of the clearest point of reference. It carries expression, intention and captures the attention of the audience.
In this piece, technical elements are hidden, emphasising the invisible nature of the electronic sound processes and putting the body in the centre. The development of the potential of gestural actions for musical performance is key, the music unfolds through an exploratory attitude and improvised forms. This piece surpasses the traditional ways of playing electronic music through mixing desks, keyboards or mice giving space to movement and gesture. The combination of visible actions and gestures with directly or abstractly linked sounds creates a particular sonic space. The signs and gestures evoke dance, music conducting or even martial arts, yet keep their identity and remain in a domain of their own.
deSingel, Royal Conservatoire Antwerp, Belgium
Zurich University of the Arts, Switzerland
Troubleyn Theatre, Antwerp, Belgium
Sound Reasons Festival, New Delhi, India
The Possibility of an Island (2011)
A three-part embodied performance of electronic music based on gestural inter/actions.