The Dutch Dance Festival presents the Dutch premiere of UNMUTE by Keren Levi and Yannis Kyriakides. Levi and Kyriakides are entering onto terrain that has been little explored with this dance concert for four dancers and two musicians from Slagwerk Den Haag, terrain where digital technology and the dancers’ physical skills play upon each other.
UNMUTE is musicdance performance, a hybrid outcome of an encounter between composer Yannis Kyriakides and choreographer Keren Levi. During the performance dance, live percussion and digital soundscape are interwoven by the performers, 3 dancers and 2 musicians of percussion ensemble Slagwerk Den Haag. They all wear sensors on their bodies, their physical skills and new technology play upon each other. With this project Kyriakides and Levi tread on barely explored ground where technology and human physicality lead to new perspectives.
Bodies and sensors merge in a musicdance performance about the loss of language
UNMUTE is an interdisciplinary project that has evolved in complete co-creation with all participants together in the same space at the same time. In constant dialogue with the dancers, musicians and technicians Kyriakides and Levi have worked on the composition and choreography, that are merged into one inseparable whole. The entwinement of musical and cheographical score is reinforced by the use of myo sensors on the bodies of the performers. These sensor enable them to manipulate the sound at any time through their muscle tension and movements. For this end software was developed especially for UNMUTE by audiovisual artist Darien Brito. Because not all movements are scripted, every performance new moments and situations arise that require an reaction of the performers. By using spoken fragments, from archives of recently disappeared languages and computer generated voices of languages that do not exist yet, UNMUTE gives new meaning to the philosophical idea of “speak-ability”, a virtual space where every voice can speak and is heard.
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