Every Move a Sound - On the Intricacies of Memory is a dance concert and a music choreography
exploring the notions of trace and memory.
We move and sound. We wear sound and motion sensors. Movements and
sounds are joined and recorded as composite traces. Continuously.
Everybody yarns their sonic filament retraceable by anybody. Anytime. Retracing
is resounding is reinscribing. One’s own or another’s trace. Inevitably. We suffuse
the performance space with remnants of our actions. This is how the past
remains with us. Forever. Every action constraining the future. Becoming an
obstacle or be turned into a potential. The denser the traces, the harder it
becomes to read them.
In this environment we engage in extended and repetitive improvisatory processes,
fathoming the potential of the collective and ambient instrument that we
have been developing over the last years, establishing a performance practice in
which movement and sound can coexist without exploiting or betraying one
With Every Move A Sound, choreographers Anna Nowak and Alexander Gottfarb
and sound artists Gerhard Eckel and David Pirro created and interactive
space which the performers can play as a musical instrument with their bodies
and movements. Our bodies are very complex interfaces that constantly loop
input and output, almost simultaneously in an ongoing dialogue with our environment
and other bodies. In this dialogue we leave audible and inaudible
traces of energy which can be picked up by ourselves or others to be re-activat
ed, transformed or erased.
As the subtitle, On the Intricacies of Memory, suggests this space also reveals
the processes of remembering and forgetting. Neuroscience studies how our
memories are patterns of connections between neurons in the brain, which are
created both by sensorial experiences and repetitive actions in an infinite process
of transformation: “Every sensation that we remember, every thought that
we think, transforms our brains by altering the connections within that vast
network (of neurons). By the time you get to the end of this sentence, your brain
will have physically changed.” (Joshua Foer, Moonwalking with Einstein. The
Art and Science of Remembering Everything, 2011)
Guy Cools, dramaturg