Our path through the territory of movement and sound
"A Step" is a collaborative project involving dance, sound, movement, and
music. It found its inspiration in the simple, single, foot step which is then
followed by sound and developed through subsequent movement.
Our intent with this piece is to research the intersection of sound and motion,
and to turn the convention of "movement following music" on its head. As
music has its own narrative and direct connection to our emotions, we have
experimented with the motions informing the soundscape. Both of which, in
turn, evolve and shift within their own dimensions. In this way a symbiosis is
formed between the two performers and their dissimilar, yet convergent, art
Over the course of the piece the dynamics of the interaction are less
antagonistic than two mingling interdependent halves, which after an
oscillation between choreography and composition, finally combine to create a
third separate entity.
A Step is the first phase of a larger process between Akemi Nagao and
Michael Tuttle. The following chapter is one in which the music is composed
beforehand and though it will have elements of improvisation, the music is
firmly in the foreground. Then, for the final phase, the composition of the
sound and the choreography of movement will be synthesized, thus placing
each art form and performer on level ground.