Early in 2011 I was contacted by choreographer Shen Wei to initiate a collaboration. He was seeking new music to incorporate into his forthcoming site specific performance piece and had discovered an Illusion of Safety performance from 10/23/08 on Rare Frequency: Illusion of Safety Rare Frequency
A few trips to New York later to meet and discuss the project and rehearse with the dancers, and after much refinement we performed at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on June 6 & June 13th. Shen Wei and Austin Scarlett, a designer whose work spans the realms of theatre, high fashion, and television, created the costumes for the performance. The piece "Still Moving" featured 16 dancers, and 7 speakers placed throughout The Charles Engelhard Court in the American Wing of the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Shen Wei's concept was a coalescing of performance art and visual art, a marriage of sculpture and sculpture in motion. For this work he was seeking highly abstract sound design to interact with and after providing him with many files of new and past work he narrowed it down and then we worked together to create the soundtrack, which was performed live. The resultant audio work is a distillation of the methods and modes I have been using for the past 20 years.
I shot the raw material for the two videos above during the actual performance and later edited them into these shorts using the actual soundtrack. I found the reflections in the ceiling as well as the floor interesting enough to incorporate.
These short videos were taken during the 2 site specific dress rehearsals that we did on the day of the actual performances. The light coming through the glass panel roof was inspiring.