Maria Papadomanolaki

[Par-a-phrase, Audio Excerpts, 2011]

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Par-a-phrase, 2011

Video, Sound, Body, Sculptural Objects, Dimensions Variable, Duration Variable


Par-A-phrase is a site specific piece that explores the experience of a relationship through fragmentation. The joining of the parts / fragments create a sensorial experience based on the visual of dance and on the tactile of the video. Compressing time, space and movement through the senses, this piece explores translations between text, the moving body and digital video. Par-A-phrase focuses on the transformation of text into choreographic material, of choreographic qualities into filmic strategy, and of filmic qualities into another piece of choreography that explores what is excluded off the frame, in order to produce this interdisciplinary piece.

Watch a video documentation of the première performance of "par-a-phrase" : *

Video / Performance : Marina Tsartsara

Sound Artist: Maria Papadomanoalki

Par-a-phrase was supported by Arts Council, Hastings Council, Dover Council, South East Dance and The Nightingale to tour in the South East of UK, in outdoor spaces with local inhabitants.

* About the video:

The première performance of "par-a-phrase took" place on the 25 and 26 February 2011 as part of Pieces to fit - a live-installation exhibition curated by Marina Tsartsara at the Nightingale Theatre, Brighton, UK. This instance of the piece consisted of two parts complementing each other: a screendance live installation and a dance live installation featuring dancer Soline Pillet.

About the soundscape:

For the first half of the performance the soundscape mainly consists of the voice of the artist reading excerpts her text. The voice is accompanied by vocal harmonies based on words taken from the text.

For the second half, I used the sounds of pencil, paper and fire along with some sparse piano melodies to recreate the ambience of the actual space and the actions taken in past-time (e.g. artist writting the text ). The dance live installation space was decorated with pieces of paper containing excerpts of the text upon which the dancer improvised. The chosen sounds added a character of disembodiment to the performer's movement.

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