performance, butoh dance, projection, sound
production : le collectif Fossile, association Membrane
performance exhibited at Vision'R festival 2012
Collectif Fossile suggests exploring the intimacy of the folds of a human body to
the viewers, drawing its inspiration from striptease dramaturgy, ie a
progressive, iterative thinning-out of layers, in which each clothe is
at the same time a veil hiding the body and also a medium for image
of the performer is composed of a mille-feuilles of white stripes
and clothes standing out in contrast with a black fabric in backstage.
We chose to work on black and white contrast, so that the outline of
the white-dressed dancer and the clothes she removes offer a hold to
the projection of images, as the black in backstage absorb the parts of
the images which are not reflected by the white fabrics.
on image offers a route on the epiderm through macrophotography, a kind
of body fragmentation reminding of mediaval practice of "blason" and
"contreblason", from erotic praise to satire. The body is so
close that recognizing this or this part is impossible, giving way to
the skin texture only. When the last veil is removed, ths skin itself
becomes a screen to show what it was hiding, that is to say the flesh,
the tissues, the inner body.
In parallel with the image, the
sound of the dancing body is amplified according to the same
focalisation on intimacy. The ebb and flow of breathing are treated and
sampled in live, and mixed with the sounds of clothes and some
fragments of whispering voice, composing an organic soundtrack, drawing
inspiration from noise music.
We chose to base the
choregraphy on butoh dance, since we have been practicing this
danse for few years, by the sides of Masaki Iwana,
Yumiko Yoshioka, Maria Teresa Vaos Solano, Gyohei Zaitsu, Yumi Fujitani
and Atsushi Takenouchi. Butoh dance is an underground movement born
during the 60's in the Japanese brothels, half-way between performance
and theatre, showing drives of erotism and subconscious through naked
bodies and corporality of flesh. Butoh dance draws its influences from
various places in Eastern and Western parts of the world, among which
Georges Bataille's works, Nijinski's ballets, Noh and Ky˘gen.