Premiere: Winter 2018; FringeArts, Philadelphia
Space Pulse Pattern Presence (sp3) is a new interdisciplinary work created in collaboration by <fidget> co-directors Megan Bridge and Peter Price, and performed by a cast of six dancers. Through pattern-based repetitions that loop and evolve, sp3 uses sound and movement to play with shifting performance qualities, approaching “presence” as material to be shaped and cultivating a sensitivity to time unfolding, to environment, to human relation.
In our age of alienation through technology and political divides, simply being together has become a political act. sp3 deals abstractly with themes of alienation and the technologized body. We call into question the concept of “presence,” and ask how one can remain present, embodied, and engaged, allowing art in general and the body in specific to remain a site of resistance to complacency.
sp3’s movement incorporates clarity of line, specificity of gesture, and detail of facial expression to create clear, formal architectures that are populated with densely textured and complex movement. Bridge’s choreography unfolds in direct relation to the music, creating spatial analogies to the sound and using shared approaches to patterning (for example, canonic relationships or movement phrases that loop, repeat, and phase in and out of sync with each other). Price’s electronic music score uses algorithmic approaches to pulse pattern minimalism— music created with a steady pulse but with the rhythmic complexity of shifting accents and cross rhythms. Both analogue and digital approaches to timbre synthesis will create a layered, multifaceted sound world that is complex yet accessible.
Director/Composer: Peter Price
Choreographer: Megan Bridge
Performers: Megan Bridge, Marie Brown, Ann-Marie Gover, Megan Wilson Stern, Zornitsa Stoyanova, Kat Sullivan
Philadelphia Cultural Fund
Photos: William Herbert