This show is part of Hildegard Month at National Sawdust, held throughout June to celebrate the essential contributions of women to music both past and present.
Catacoustic Flesh is a work that functions on the premise of symbiotic relationships between body movement and sound. Working towards a level playing field between choreographing-from-music and composing-from-movement, this performance seeks to offer a mode of dance that can both lead and mislead the listener. In doing so the dominant semiotic sense is ever-changing which nurtures a transcendental fluidity. Shifting from rhythmic loops and magnetic outbursts to hypnotic drone-states, the foundation for this work is the concept of ‘textures’, ‘resonance’ and ‘aura’ vs ‘rhythm’, ‘pattern’ and ‘cues’. The piece not only explores the idea of a body as a collaborative sound instrument but also takes us to a new dimension where sound and movement is the predominant language of communication. The performance work questions the role of the unconscious in the merging of identities and layers of oneself, creating a dance based on the idea of a physical musical act or band where movement takes the role of a singer or a storyteller. As the piece evolves a common language is created distorting the idea of question and answer.