echo/archive

echo/archive equally divides its focus between two females split by generations and the gaze of the camera; which plays a third and equal role in the piece. The intervention of the camera/editing and the graphic control of the image is an invisible third character; creating new images that may not have been visible in a live space. The camera is there to reveal some patterns, and is fully present as an observer/witness/magnifier of the echoes and repetitions between the dancers. The outcome of this arrangement is an interdependent score of images, action, and sound. The trio illustrates the themes of dance legacy, history, the individual, doubling, and movement cultures. The changing divisions and perspectives on the screen provide a compositional layer: from split screen to triptych, moves are tossed between the various actants as methods of communication. The conversation that evolves illustrates the theme of following: closely following, catching, recognizing, presiding, giving up, refusing, catching, and immediate dismissal. The flow is stopped only to start again. Occupying the same space, but at different times, we attempt to break each other’s expectations: misleading, surprising and faking. The realtime construction of the relationship hovers between doing and waiting; listening but not responding; and modulates between simply sharing space, being careful, and finding a groove.