Sa, 11.02.2017, 20:00 Uhr
Rauschmelder 12 mit Muyassar Kurdi
MACHINE//BODY presents a series of explorations centered on the machine in relation to the body. The machine is
represented with home-made electronics; one of the devices further connects the modes of movement and sound by
responding to light and movement, which then produces microtonal sounds. The body is represented: bare with
tension-filled movements that interact with the environment. The body laughs at its constant absurdity, the body is
theatre, shape, gesture, and the body recognizes its smallness and grandness, its boundlessness and limitations.
MACHINE//BODY creates a ritual-space.
Intersections and Variations: This piece explores ideas, variations, associations, and theories around a line in space. The line transmits energy and communicates; it is seen as a boundary and an extension of anatomy. The line also creates form, and a new kind of space within a space. Two different sized ropes are used to interact with the space- tied to pillars or simply hanging from the ceiling; The movement mimics its outstretched form, interacts with its presence in all its variations. The second version of this performance uses sculpture on set with materials such as wood, clay, and ready-made objects as well as additional instrumentation.
Muyassar Kurdi is a Brooklyn-based interdisciplinary artist. Her work encompasses sound, extended vocal technique, performance art, movement, photography, and film. She has toured extensively in the U.S. and throughout Europe, including the Netherlands, Denmark, Italy, France, Switzerland, Germany, Austria, and the UK in both England and Scotland. A versatile improviser, Muyassar has composed and performed music for voice, harmonium, piano, lyre, autoharp, and theremin in both solo and collaborative environments. She currently focuses her attention to interweaving homemade electronic instruments and sculpture into her vocal and dance performances, stirring a plethora of emotions from her audience members through vicious noise, ritualistic chants, and meditative movements. Kurdi studied voice and dance with legendary vocalist, dancer and recording artist Meredith Monk via The House Foundation, as well as learning the Japanese dance tradition of Butoh with Tadashi Endo, director of the Butoh Center MAMU. She explored butoh with Mexican master of the form Diego Piñon among others throughout Chicago, NYC, Berlin, and Vienna. She currently studies with Juilliard faculty member Janis Brenner, also a member of the Meredith Monk Vocal Ensemble.