This workshop with choreographer Teoma Naccarato and composer John MacCallum explores listening techniques between performers. Together, we will investigate a seemingly simple task: listening to and relating with a variable click-track. As performers your challenge is not to follow, nor to anticipate the pulse. Instead, we ask that you attend to your unstable temporal relationship with the click track, such that you have agency to assemble and adapt the rhythmic textures that emerge between your actions and the media. This training process is highly structured and repetitive, and involves breathing, tapping, weight shifting, and eventually movement exploration, as a means to confront conventions and habits derived from disciplinary training.
Our approach to relational listening is being developed as part of a long-term research and creation project with heart rate sensors in dance, music, and installation performance (https://iii-iii-iii.org/). Having come heart-to-heart with the unpredictability of biosignals, we chose to embrace the potential of electrocardiograms to trouble reductive correlations between bodies and biodata, as well as conceptions of linear (clock) time in performance. The computer-generated click-track in this workshop exaggerates the erratic electrical behavior of the human heart, allowing us to investigate the variable interval between each pulse, as well as the interval between each pulse versus our prediction of its arrival; in this uncertain window of expectation, we move asynchronously, into uncertainty.
This workshop is a moment of sharing during Naccarato and MacCallum's month-long Troika Tronix Dance Tech Residency at Lake Studios Berlin, from July 1-31, 2018.
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For more info on our ongoing collaboration visit: https://iii-iii-iii.org/), and our personal websites: https://teomanaccarato.com/ and http://john-maccallum.com/