Irreversible materiality #1
A collaboration with Green Candle Dance Company’s Senior Dancers. This experimental project combines street dance, photography and sound to create a unique visual language; influenced by Japanese avant-garde culture of the late 1960s – in particular Butoh, historically performed by older dancers.
Butoh is an avant-garde form of movement that first appeared in Japan following World War II. In the early 1960s, Tatsumi Hijikata coined the term Anokoku-Buyou (dance of darkness) to describe his style of dance. Modern, western forms of dance and movement frequently focus on aspects and expressions of their own interpretations of beauty, where youth equals perfection. Butoh is anti-perfection – it is the imperfections that are considered beautiful. (2012)More information
These portraits of the Senior Dancers have been converted into audio files, then into spectrograms* – the photograph’s tones and forms translated into multiple frequencies. This process mutates the hip-hop performance into a Anokoku-Buyou, allowing the viewer to experience the images in an entirely new manner.
Dancers: Connie Wensley, Doreen Armitage, Elaine Gordon, Greg Ricks, Hanna Fletcher, Kim Ngo Dung, Lyn Mouat, Odette Elliott and Victor Zagon.
*A spectrogram is a graphic representation of the frequency, intensity, duration, and variation with time of the resonance of a sound or series of sounds.