Suite intermediale

An interactive Inter-Media Performance

In this new production by the Theatre of Sound, dancers use space as an audio-visual instrument. The "Inter-Media Suite", is made up of seven self-contained, audio-visual compositions. It is a collective creation of a choreographer and a director together with video artists, a composer and performers (who are simultaneously dancers and musicians).
On the visual level, the dance performance is transformed into a three dimensional video and light environment. On the acoustic level, the electronic transformation of sound, generated live or electronically, is interpreted and controlled by the movements of the dancers.
The elements of teamwork, interaction and cooperation play decisive roles, because the piece is not about a single authorship but is rather, a collective development in the combining of diverse competences.
The equal treatment of music algorithms, video algorithms and choreographic modular material requires from all participating persons, a deep respect for the developmental process, and for the efforts of the equally participating artists, from various disciplines.
A great liberty of creation possibilities exist for the performers, because they are not only dancers, they are visual transmitters for the video input, and they are musicians of the composer's live offered sound structures as well.
At the same time, they have to improvise structurally within a frame, which is arranged with the choreographer, working varyingly with fixed movement material.
A detailed knowledge of the interactive techniques is necessary and comparable to a musician who knows his instrument exactly and who knows perfectly well how to play it.
The technical possibilities of live and electronically generated music and video, which is created by professional dancers and in interaction with them, doesn't result coercively in an expedient inter-medial interaction.
An expedient inter-medial use of the offered possibilities means: acting, operating, reacting, seizing, continuing and developing a composed consequence.
Not until the sum of the inserted media and variation possibilities exceeds the single component parts, and not before one part is incomplete or not practicable without the rest, will a real inter-medial performance result.
Whereas dancers in a classical suite interpret a series of fixed pieces played by musicians, the "Inter-Media Suite" is a series of audio-visual compositions created and played by dancers themselves. For anyone who enters it, the-empty space is first and foremost a space for action.
The scenographic and acoustic spaces only emerge through the actions of the dancers. "SUITE intermediale" brings together "Musique concrète" with interactive electronic music as well as theories of "absolute film" developed through modern real time transformation of sound by computer. In each performance the real time composition comes to a varied form.

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