AXIS - anatomy of space - created by choreographer, film-maker and New Zealand Arts Laureate Daniel Belton and Good Company Arts, engages collaboration from renowned artists Joyce Beetuan Koh, PerMagnus Lindborg, Tanya Carlson, Jac Grenfell, Jim Murphy, and Donnine Harrison with artists of the Royal New Zealand Ballet.
Programme Notes | goodcompanyarts.com
For this expanded cinema project the human voice vibrates as a choral partner to the digital dancer in motion. AXIS creates a polydimensional arena where dancers’ multilocate in the blink of an eye. In this elastic field, figures switch places like notes on a musical score. Through the eye of the camera we look to dematerialise the body in motion so that it becomes idealised - further extracted from personality. With the same evolutionary effect as was followed by the ancient Greeks in their search for beauty, AXIS offers a resonating, lyrical space. Dancers are seen travelling through apertures tensioned with the happening of projected light. Their choreography establishes a circuitry of luminosity. Like a great celestial dynamo, the dome environment transmits oscillating shafts of digital dance and sound - illuminating song cycles in a cosmic choreography of light.
We are each made up of photons. Photons are particles of light. Light is inspiration. Every space has an ‘anatomy’. The visualisation of sound for AXIS arrives through a music notation system synchronised to the generation of pure light - expanded points and lines. Optical devices, along with mapping and sound technologies alter how the human body is perceived in space and in time. Sequenced code renders breathing geometry that is traversed by the dancer in motion during this 38 minute digital transmission.
We are story-telling beings as much as we are electrical beings. AXIS opens thresholds of dimension and leads us to more possibilities for reading space. Through the eye of the camera we expose the interior essence of movement, and investigate how gravity can affect a choreographic relationship to line. AXIS creates a new search with the human figure in space - as projected film and processed sound performance combine. Nothing is in stasis.
Physics defines everything in existence as either matter or energy - matter being the tangible part that we can see, hear, touch, smell and taste - energy being the intangible phenomenon that moves matter. Matter is made up of fields of electromagnetic energy, vibrating at innumerable different frequencies. Einstein said that matter can be changed into energy and vice versa. In essence they are the same thing in a different form. The process of shifting energy to matter, and matter to energy is expressed in AXIS.
Human beings are standing wave patterns of energy - we are complex harmonics. Our bodies are solid, but from another frequency, we might look like filaments of light transmitting as energy fields. Ultimately our physical bodies are the products of wave actions. In this new work, AXIS - anatomy of space, the dancer signals expanding consciousness. Polarities of dark and light, of contraction and expansion; the ways light affects us, and the way we engage the edges of light, create liminal zones at the edge of understanding and knowing. We are on the edge of shadow when we engage in the geometry of light. Reflections and refractions occur in response to the pulse of human presence.
Daniel Belton and Good Company Arts |
Galactic Premiere: March 22nd-26th 2017, Perpetual Guardian Planetarium, Otago Museum, New Zealand as part of ID Fashion Week, Dunedin. Asian Premiere: April 5th-10th 2017, at The Arts House, Singapore, as part of Sound Islands Festival. South American Premiere: June 11th-18th, as part of Festival de la Imagen, Manizales, Colombia and ISEA 2017. Matariki Festival 2017: June 21-22nd at Stardome as part of Tempo Festival, Auckland, New Zealand, Aotearoa.
“Good Company Arts aims to create a “stage” that can be explored by other domains of knowledge complementary to dance, as well as architecture, anthropology, computer programming, etc. In these terms, Daniel Belton’s work is able to enlarge the understanding of the human being in movement” Letizia Gioia Monda (Immaginare la Danza International Conference 2015, Sapienza University, Rome)
“Axis is a scintillating show in every way...always doing what Belton has consistently done so well — pushing the boundaries and breaking new artistic ground” Reviewed by Nigel Zega, 26 Mar 2017 theatreview.org.nz/reviews/review.php?id=10096