A somatic-sonic performance.
Co-created and Performed by Shannon Cooney, choreographer/dancer, and Sabine Vogel, Musician/performer. (Research at Kuenstlerhaus Lukas, Ahrenshoop, Germany May-June during a project residency 2010)
Assemblages is a unique melding of dance and music in collaboration with objects and their physical and audible design.
Sound Engineer, Sound design assistant: Anke Eckert
Lighting Design: Jan Langebartes
Costume Design: Heather MacCrimmon
Production Management: Judith Hoch
Distribution: Anne-Christine Liske
Premiered in April 2011 at Tanz Fabrik Berlin/Wedding- Ufer Studios
With support from: CANADA COUNCIL for the ARTS, Kuenstlerhaus Lukas, Tanzfabrik-Berlin, and Tanzwerkstatt Berlin.
Assemblages: a series of performed selections of sound/dance proposals derived from the assembling and interaction of rocks, small stones and sand.
The sounds and movements are developed with the sensitivity of the visual/kinesthetic design and the movement of sound in the space.
This is a duet with dancer and musician, and through the piece the roles interchange as sound maker/mover.
Assemblages invites the public to engage in a visual somatic sonic experience. Where time based actions replace theatrical narrative.
Within the process is a search for transformations subtle or explosive, to shift from one action to another. What does that sound feel like? What does that dance sound like? What time does that sound need to finish? Where in the space does that sound resonate?
Body is a resonator. Witness as a resonator. The space is a vessel for felt sound.Objects seamlessly become subject and subject becomes object. In the work, Assemblages dance is heard-felt and sound is seen.
“In the ending part of the performance Vogel & Cooney have picked up four handfuls of small stones that act like a kind of castanets, with which they quietly create sound to their movement, when they as a finale perform a perfectly synchronized act of motion. So eventually the musician transformed into dancer and the dancer into musician. Assemblages is certainly an example/role model of where the non genre dependent art is heading.”
Peter Uhr, for: ÖSTGÖTA CORRESPONDENTEN, Sweden mai 2011
"The collision of movement, object and sound create these worlds drenched with textures that envelop you. The piece brings us to a heightened sense of listening and then renders moments of profound silence"
Jeremy Wade, Choreographer
Berlin, May 2011
"Shannon Cooney and Sabine Vogel have approached the locus of movement-and-sound in a unique way, such that sound-making activity is used to create movement, which is then deployed structurally. The roles of sound, sound-making, movement and movement-making are engaged as equal partners in a complex interaction. This is a highly commendable and innovative strategy."
Berlin, Juni 2011