Commissioned by the University of Roehampton
for the 3rd Year BA Honors Dance Studies, Performance & Repertory module.
Figures is a composition of ever-changing human sculptures. The work transcribes the process of turning an external stimulus, such as sound or music, into physical movement through the use of a harmonograph. This machine, at the crossroads of science and art, uses interconnected pendulums to produce visual representations of musical patterns called Lissajous curves. You have probably seen something similar on the screensaver designs when listening to music on Windows media player. The harmonograph essentially becomes the Rosetta Stone between music and dance suggesting that the creative process can be interchangeable.
Through the use of this visual Imagery created from rhythm, tone and pitch, Figures attempts to become the physical translation of sound images.
21st of April 2017, 6.30 pm
Dance Fields Conference: Staking a Claim for Dance Studies in the 21st Century
5th of May 2017, 6.30 pm
Michaelis Theatre, University of Roehampton
London SW15 5PJ
Music originally composed for 'Figures' by
HANNAH ROSE CUTLER GARCIA
WINONA ELLEN GUY
ALICE MEGAN SEAGER
MALLAI ROSE SIMPSON
Image: Anon, 2015. Harmonograph 12. www.rickhall.co.uk. Available at: http://rickhall.co.uk/harmonograph-12/ [Accessed December 3, 2016].