In this generative movement and sound performance/installation we investigate the possibility of welcoming a stranger into our fold. The sound and movement installation/performance embodies the improvisational gesture in the design of the space and in the movement that conducts a dialogue between the responsive materials and the bodies of the performers.
The dancer’s movement generates a responsive soundscore by triggering sensors arrayed under a 12 x 16’ mat. These velocity-sensitive piezo elements send voltage signals to a MIDI controller, which plays preprogrammed sounds. Though the movement emerges from group improvisation, the sound incorporates generative and chance aspects by blinding the performers to the instrument interfaces: the specific placement of the sensors, and their mappings onto triggered sounds, is be determined on-site and not repeated in any rehearsal. So the dancers’ engagement with sound is a process of chance discovery in the moment, in the space.