ONES is a collaboration between Dutch visual artist Anne Verheij and Japanese choreographer Miku Tsuchiya, in which film and dance are explored across the former pedestrian tunnels of Elephant & Castle, London. Juxtaposing two dance films created from the same footage, ONES captures the individual’s rhythm beating amidst the pulse of the restless city.
ONES – 2 women, 2 countries, 2 disciplines – 1 film
The Outlet Dance Project is committed to providing artists who identify or have identified as women an opportunity to share their artistic vision through site-specific dance, film, and work created for the stage. In partnership with Grounds For Sculpture – an internationally renowned contemporary sculpture park – collaboration, community building, and interdisciplinary experimentation are an integral part of the festival. The Outlet is dedicated to supporting all traditional and nontraditional dance forms. The festival celebrates the intersections of visual and moving arts, exploring relationships between sculpture and dance, between place and movement.
Last month Miku and I took our collaboration to the next boarder: Japan!
We have explored Japan’s city Tokyo and the rural environment of the Izu Peninsula through film and movement.
Whilst filming the theme of the individual versus the mass crept into our frame. Not only does Japan have millions of people living in just one city or travelling over the many highways and train tracks, it also has a great individual disconnect with its direct surroundings.
Dark subject matters as loneliness and the high suicide rate amongst the young generation made their appearance.
The beauty of Japan’s unplanned architectural compositions, however, gave us calligraphy lines to move and explore.
Miku and I are looking to deepen this movement research in a country that has so many beautiful contrasts.
So stay tuned for more exciting projects across borders @AnnePointNL
[09-02-15 UK] Anne Point:
Thoughts on Location 1
UK – 3 sounds recorded: ‘Echoing city’
Japan – 4 sounds recorded: ‘Clear rhythms’
We both think that the sounds of the other person are clearer. This ‘clearness’ may stem from the fact that we were not there in person recording it, so we don’t have the other inputs from the space like colour, size or usage (original/traditional use of public space).
Human voices have a tendency to create stereotypical ‘drama’, where machines produce more of a rhythm. In my opinion it would be interesting to separate the body on film from too recognizable sounds, so it gets the possibility to create its own sound and rhythm.
Distortion of sounds by isolating parts of it and slowing these parts down, speeding them up, muffle them or increase their higher or lower tones.
[09-02-15 Japan] Miku:
– Sound creates different environments, feelings, emotions and imagination for each individual person. Depending on your background, one simple sound can transform into a million things.
– The human voice has such a strong presence. It connects with us right away. As soon as we recognize it, it’s challenging for us to imagine more than just a voice.
– When the pitch of the sound is really high, to me it becomes un-grounded, this way my body on the film can’t really connect to the sound itself. It doesn’t evoke my imagination much. This feels out of the body.
– Two intuitions create such an interesting mix of two different worlds.