The sounds of space

9th August

From today and for the next two days the session will be led in turns by each of the three choreographers.

On the first day, it’s to Silvia.

The warming-up consists in the exploration of the sounds of the rehearsing space – the Garage Nardini.

Guy suggested a book reading, Our sonic environment and the soundscape – the tuning of the world by R. Murray Schafer. It particularly fits this moment:

“The final question will be: is the soundscape of the world an indeterminate composition over which we have no control, or are we its composers and performers, responsible for giving it form and beauty?” (p. 5, Destiny Books, Vermont, 1977).

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For the next hour Silvia suggests an exercise she did with Katarina Bakatsaki, teacher at the SNDO in Amsterdam: the participants go on a walk which is led in turns by one of the group. The “guide” leads the other participants for 15 minutes along a soundpath he/she decides on the basis of the soundscape he/she finds appealing to share. After 15 minutes the torch is passed on to the next “guide” and so on.

A question emerges: how is it possible to be connected with the guide and still keeping one’s self?

The sound experience is individual, but we are in the same space and in the same group.


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