This is a trailer for a performance of SSM on April 18, 2015 at the HZT in Berlin.
SSM (Seven States of Matter) is a thirty five minute piece comprising an eight channel sound system and three dancers engaged in the examination of seven independent movement/sound states. In this piece movement and sound have a parallel functional relationship in which each are stipulated to remain focused on a series of conditions (or states) which do not change or develop, rather are structured as a series of movement/sound installations. This anti-entropic/entropic parameter is considered at each stage of the conception and process period and forces a rational approach to issues of structure and aesthetics. Though change is prohibited, precise repetition is also eschewed. This means that for each scene a set of variables are determined; speed, direction, and variety of movement, which parts of the body are utilised, and which kinds interactions take place between the dancers. But once these variables are set the dancers are free to improvise within these confines.
The sound follows a similarly strict procedure. Though pre-recorded the triggering, processing, and localisation are performed live. Again, exact duplication (looping) is prohibited so the variables set for each sonic location must remain constant from the beginning to end. For example, volume, type of processing, and pallet of sounds.