Choreography on the Face is a one-on-one performance – a micro format on the face of the audience – investigating the face recognition paradigm of our digital age.
In a time where the face is constantly recognized in digital technologies, Choreography on the Face gets very close and treats the face as a mirror…..and as a landscape, as an abyss, as a catalyst, as a vanishing point, as a map, as an intimacy, as a virtuality, as the other, as a hiding place…Choreo-graphy means to write a place, the performance writes a place to hide and think in. On the interface – the space between the face of the performer and the face of the audience.
Choreography on the Face is inspired by the technology of face recognition which converts image to data: There is a play with word/silence and image/not image: The audience is instructed by the performer to open and close her/his eyes – the gaze is choreographed: There is a voice-over in the room who has the power to “color” the atmosphere and the mind of the audience with words; playing with metaphors, with the view of the self; does she talk to me? Does she talk about me? Does she recognize me?
Choreography on the Face is playing with new senses of scale in the digital era. Am I everything – am I nothing? Is it you or me? Are we close? The face of the performer is resting right above the face of the audience or lying close beside them on the floor. There is a constant eye contact when the eyes of the audiences are open. The performer caresses the hair of the audience, covers the interface between them with her hair, covers the face of the audience with her hands….
Choreography on the Face is a very intense and very intimate performance, but due to a careful dramaturgical building of the relation with the audience, it manages to place the audience in a relaxed position where they can be both subject and object, both observer and observed. Offering the audience a performance which is very other .
Age: from 15.