State of Grace – Dance City Training Lab 17th-18th January

I was invited back as the musical director for a State of Grace Psychophysical training lab on the weekend of the 17th-18th of January. Focusing on developing emergent narratives through improvisation, A group of performers (dancers, poets, artists) performed in several exercises to develop character-based narratives over the course of two days, leading up to a half-hour open improvisation at the conclusion of the weekend.

For the weekend I was improvising musical dialogues with the performers, engaged in a symbiotic relationship both drawing on and contributing to the physical performance by the group of performers. I used live coding extensively throughout the course of the weekend, using SuperCollider to create organic but very flexible musical structures, with sets of simple rules and mimetic  sound-performance relationships developing and dissolving into and out of complexity over time, all while in direct reaction to the kinds of performative strands occurring at the time.

This video is an edited set of footage taken of the improvisation and events surrounding it by Matt Jamie. The weekend was led by Ben Ayerton and Lizzie Klotz

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