Here’s a behind-the-scenes look at the rehearsals for Nick Cave’s HEARD•BNE 2016 performance which was performed over the opening weekend of ‘Sugar Spin: you, me, art and everything’ in December 2016 and again in mid-January 2017 to celebrate GOMA turning 10. HEARD consists of 30 ‘soundsuits’, made to be worn or displayed as sculpture.
HEARD comes alive as a large-scale community performance, each horse is brought to life by two dancers who develop its behavior and character and involves a group of individuals working together to become something larger – firstly as a pair, and then as the ‘herd’. The performance relies on the strengths of the individual and the massed group. Similarly, the choreography shifts from free-form improvisation to a trained body of dancers moving in unison; open-ended creativity and coordinated structure are of equally critical value, as they are within our society as a whole.
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