The Instrument
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Instrumental Bodies




An exploration of touch in its myriad meanings, through the spectrum of vibration, rhythm and resonance. Each body is approached to as a unique chamber of frequencies, energy and weight - through which every day as well as ritualistic gestures are played and danced. The audience is part of an interactive score with three dancers, over a duration of 70 minutes. Individual audience members are invited to step into the score by laying down on the floor (standing is also an option). The performers approach each person and during a ten minute period, create a rhythmic-kinesthetic connection, while the receiving body is relaxed and receptive.

Instruments are imagined throughout the work, and touch becomes the listening ear to tempo and dynamic, offering its receiver an internal performance, being part of the large event performed in the room. The score is built with layers; direct contact to another body, and then the emerging dance that remains. Connecting between a choreographic-musical language and listening to other bodies, the piece is directed from the empathetic curiosity of touch, its 'old wisdom'. A composition of anatomy, timing and configuration is the ongoing voyage of this work.

Instrumental Bodies is part of a research platform which launched its festival under the title POST at Dock11 Berlin, between the 4th-15th of November 2015. The topics revolve around pedagogical, historical and philosophic discussions related to Ausdruckstanz. Observed through current needs and fascinations, this event gives stage to different artists and their interpretation of free-thinking side-by-side to structural thinking in art, performance and life.

idea and direction: Maya M. Carroll
with and by: Brit Rodemund, Martina Gambardella

a production of Dock11 Eden*****
premiered at Dock11 studios, November 11, 2015