Pressure Sequence - stereo excerpt by Stijn Demeulenaere published on 2013/01/05 01:15:25 +0000 Pressure sequence is a dance, it’s a performance, it’s a choreography, it’s a composition, it is a sequence of images, a dialogue of movement. Pressure Sequence started out as a question: Dancing is body language at its purest. But can you transform, translate this language? What happens if you strip away the visual layer? Is it possible to create a virtual dance, just out of sound? Does dance survive this transmission? Do we create new images? Is it still dance? Do we move along? So I asked three contemporary dancers to dance for me, and I recorded the sounds they made using different microphones. Then I went to the studio and started to create my own choreography in a quadraphonic format, using these sounds. I wanted to explore the intimacy of the body in movement. Pressure Sequence is a choreography that is built using both the language of contemporary dance, and the language of sound. The movement of bodies is translated into the movement of air molecules. I’m looking for the resonance of those movements in pressure variations. With this piece, I want to create a new choreography, one that is only tangible in sound, one that needs to be completed by the listener, by his or her imagining the newly created dance piece, feeling the movement. Pressure Sequence is a quadraphonic installation. This is a stereo excerpt of that piece. Dancers for the original sounds were Marisa Cabal Georgia Vardarou, Veli Lehtovaara and Eleanor Campbell. Recordings were made at the STUK arts centre in Louvain, Belgium. The piece was edited at Deepblue, Brussels, Belgium. I would like to thank Georgia, Marisa, Veli and Eleaonor; Pieter-Paul at STUK and Christoph and Ilse at Deepblue. I would also like to thank Barbara Riera and Dolores Hulan for dancing for me during the test recordings during the production of Pressure Sequence.