MALFUNCTION (H2T) - THE PLACE LONDON
Category: music for movement
Ruby Frances Jones (Choreographer)
Elisa Mozzanica, Ryan Taylor (Dancers)
For the past 16 years Collaborations has been a landmark of London Contemporary Dance School’s performance calendar. These evenings showcase the culmination of three parallel projects in which students from London Contemporary Dance School are paired with either design students from Wimbledon College of Art, composers from Guildhall School of Music & Drama or moving image students from Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London.
The music pieces composed for this occasion are an assortment of live ensembles and electronic music scores. During my two-month-long collaboration with American dancer and choreographer Ruby Frances Jones, we explored relationships between body, sound and movement. Inspired by the principal features of the human being and its equivalent, construction of mechanical creatures, we decided to focus on the idea of malfunctioning bodies.
The opposition of humanity and inhumanity features to become a lead principle in our project where sounds characteristic of human beings are combined with computer generated sounds. The idea of the mind and body being disconnected became important during the creation process: the bodies in malfunction (h2t) are not functioning as a human body, they are malfunctioning bodies, making them inhuman. The music progresses parallel to the movement. Two creatures are initially formed from a tiny finger to a full form of one body, then they separate into two independent entities as cells do. The word transformation seems to be appropriate. The music replicates moving bodies by using their organic sounds (e.g. man and woman breathing develops slowly to shape the form of rhythms) progressing into computer generated ones.
distortion: a cell dividing
seek. struggle. vibrate. hesitate. contort. grovel. malfunction.
in h a l e
e x h a l e
distortion: a becoming
we are other.
malfunction (h2t) premiered on 1st and 2nd December 2016 at The Robin Howard Theatre – The Place, London, United Kingdom.
Watch malfunction (h2t) here: