Collaboration between Guy Dartnell, Dirk Püschel and Chisato Minamimura 24th October ITAG
VOICE-MOVEMENT SPECIALISTPerformance Artist who has been developing his Voicemotion process for integrating voice and movement over twenty years.
DANCE PERFORMER/CHOREOGRAPHER Movement Artist who has undertaken research into‘What is Visual Sound/Music?’ from a deaf perspective.
SOUND-VIBRATION SPECIALIST Founder & Associate Director of Soundtec, Göttingen, which producessoftware/equipment systems for the manufacturing and aviation industries.
THE IDEA The idea behind the work is that sound is visual and physical, not just aural. That a deaf person might be able to develop their feeling connection to and use of their own voice through a combination of the following: Internally ‘seeing’ or ‘visioning’ the ‘shapes’ of their own sounds through their sensory and emotional experience of them - and turning these into movement. Engaging with the physical and emotional experience of exchanging ‘sound-movements’ with other people. Interacting with the digitally created visual ‘echoes’ of their own sounds More specifically in Chisato’s case that through this synthesis of voice, movement and acoustic technology she might access her own sense of musicality in a way so far denied to her and through this increase her ability to actively discern the changing qualities of her own inner vocalisations, so that they realistically become accessible to her as a ‘soundtrack’ for her own choreography/movement. Also that the use of this specialised acoustic technology may not only be helpful as a tool within this process, but that it may eventually also form the visual backdrop to a finished choreographic performance or installation, that could enhance the ability of a deaf audiences to appreciate the sound element of performance work and allow them to interact with sound in a new visual way.
Project Collaborators: Guy Dartnell, Chisato Minamimura & Dirk Püschel. Performers: Flora Wellesley Wesley, Chisato Minamimura. Video: Paul Redman & Tim Lewis for Handcrafted Films. Photos: David Ball, Paul Redman. Shaping Sounds 2 is supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England. Commissioned by Colchester Arts Centre and Greenwich Dance. Supported by University of Bedfordshire, Soundtec, DanceDigital and Heart n Soul. Produced by Step Out Arts with further administration by Dance4. Further info contact: Jih - Wen Yeh 07899 807741 firstname.lastname@example.org