Sounding space

TEAM: Lorenzo Sacchi, Giacomo Schiesaro, Italian

The space of dance is only determined by the music played inside it. The dance floor is where sound creates space. When the music starts playing, the perception is not just linked to physical architectural features anymore. So any dancer can set up a venue anywhere where some music is playing, and only for that amount of time.

Dancing is an individual action, and the space it involves is mental. Its perception depends on the sounds one hears. The frequency and intensity of sound generate patterns that follow the discoveries of the physicist Ernst Chladni. These give the basis to the study of the sounding space.

However, dancing is also a group activity, done collectively, and the perception of its space also depends on the people involved and the way they dance. The movements, the choreographies, the visuals and the lights are generated by the syntax  and the rhythm of the music. The latter creates actual geometries and spaces on the dance floor. The space created by sound changes in time, along with the people.

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