Sometimes struggling Sometimes dancing with, a bondage of its own creation, the Self is the only thing that moves…

The thing it is bound to - an unyielding mental construction, is quite immovable. 

 

“The Bonds you Choose” is a site specific live performance piece exploring the processes and psychological implications of such a dynamic through the embodied practice of performance, in an immersive multi-sensory way in real time.

The piece is led by intuitive movement with a single string of rope, turned into an instrument with the help of contact microphones, effects pedals and an amp.

 

The movements of entangling/untangling the performing body with the rope, sometimes dancing -  sometimes struggling with it and occasionally plucking it like a cord or a heart-string, create the soundscape within and with which, I move. To embody the struggle with the bonds facilitates catharsis. To embody the dance is to embrace the bonds with grace. Accepting the choice creates a more harmonious movement with it.

 

This is an ever-evolving sonic movement project, both due to the site specificity and all the other possible ways a length of rope could be used in movement practice that call for further exploration. 

 

There will be more editions to come, in different spaces, including the outdoors.

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This footage is from the second time this piece was performed live and the first time it was performed with this sonic setup, on the opening night of the exhibition “Contemporary Fine Art”, 7th of February 2020, at Art Number 23, in the Old Biscuit Factory. 

 

Name of the person who took this footage is unknown.

From the Crypt: The Bonds you Choose II

                                                                                     

TRAILER... full film coming out soon

Filming and rough cut by the amazing Sandspur Media.

Was a pleasure working with this crew in the amazing musty space of crypt beneath the Church in Euston, London, for the Wilderness exhibition, in March 2021.

Photos by Dave Moody