Animate Objects in Sonic Action

John Bowers & Mehmet Sander (UK/Turkey)

Thu 30 Oct 2014

Jerwood DanceHouse

Photo by Mehmet Sander

If you want to keep your nose the same tilt your head to the right. Mathematical . Violent. Geometrical. Surfaces. Collisions. Thud! Resonances. Confinement. Run. Crawl. Change. Roll. Impossible Tasks. The squeak of the shoe. Anonymous. Prototypes. A fresh start. Nothing is hidden.

do not fear: you will not fall forever: the floor will stop you. prisms. point-line plane. be jealous of the broom: it keeps a line. attack-decay-sustain-release. gravity. black holes. a bad shepherd with a lazy sheepdog. monochrome. impetus. a ramp, a wall, a canopy. feedback. 0123456789. the movements themselves, the sounds themselves. interruption. impact, rebound, inertia, velocity, ricochet. white noise, black noise, grey noise. triangle-circle square. mollies and shitwitches. run. crawl. change. roll. thud! animate objects in sonic action.

Mehmet Sander, born in Germany in 1967,started dancing with Geyvan Mcmillen in Istanbulin 1984 and continued his education at the London Contemporary Dance School, California State University (Long Beach), Harvard University and American Dance Festival. He is inspired by physics, modernist architecture, painters such as Mondrian, and dancers such as Merce Cunningham. In 1990, he founded the Mehmet Sander Dance Company which toured the world. He has presented recent commissioned works at Queen Mary University of London and Fierce Festival, and workshops at Tate Modern this year.

John Bowers works with modular synthesisers, home-brew electronics, and reconstructions of antique image and sound-making devices, alongside contemporary digital technology. He makes performance environments which combine sound, image and gesture at a fundamental material level. He has performed at festivals including Electropixel Nantes, Piksel Bergen, BEAM Uxbridge and SPILL Ipswich, and toured with the Rambert Dance Company performing David Tudor’s music to Merce Cunningham’s Rainforest. Amongst many collaborations, he works with Sten-Olof Hellström and in the noise drone band Tonesucker. Animate Objects In Sonic Action is a world premiere of Sander and Bowers’ first collaboration, focusing on their common explorations of time, space and movement.

A SPILL Commission, presented in partnership with DanceEast. Co-produced with Metal. Supported by Culture Lab, Newcastle University.

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