The Lonesome Cowboy for Florentina Holzinger

The Lonesome Cowboy for Florentina Holzinger is a solo performance where I pushed the performer Florentina Holzinger to a point where she was very sensitive to sounds created by herself in the space. I worked out a method in which Florentinas listening skills would be exercised. The movements derived from constant questions asked in the body, much like choreographer Deborah Hay works. In the dance studio we exercised moving the body with low pelvic guttural sounds and high throat sounds. We made sound research as a working method. We studied musique concrete and we recorded layers of everyday sounds. Sitting in a park, we interviewed the composer, Tian Rotterveel, about sound perception and phenomenology. We did all this, to practice listening and open up the possibility for accumulating new interests and choices in sound- and movement-making. Quadrophonic speakers where panned in the performance to bring the performer to yet another level of sound enviroment. This eventualy broke down her own sound and movement vocabulary to the point of being lost and full of adrenaline. A state of trance or hysteria. I wanted to engage the body in its own construction of identity, once the space is not imposing its ways on us, to engage the person in active choises. Creating hidden performativities in fluidity, not in rigidity and hierarchy but in decentralization.

Direction, choreography, costume, light design, sound engineering: Melody Panosian

Performer: Florentina Holzinger

Location: SNDO 1 Festival, Amsterdam 2008

Posted in Performance.