‘Worp’ is a cross-media improvising collective, combining musicians, visual artists and dancers. Through each performance, they explore the borders of the different media involved. Sound receives a body. Movement creates traces. Form becomes sound. A game of feedback arises, dissolving the contours between instruments, players and material.
Peter Jacquemyn (double bass, voice), Jan Pillaert (tuba, voice), Klaas Verpoest (visuals), Vincent Caers (live electronics, percussion) Geraldo Si (dance) and Sofia Kakouri (dance) have been performing together in different configurations. Fundamental to their collaboration is the improvisational approach, the equality of art-forms and the transfer of each performer's attitude into an unique interdisciplinary experience, adopting each others strategy.
By definition, music and movement are temporary, mobile and repeatable. Plastic arts are unique, static and made for eternity. The collective brings unique, not repeatable music and exercise combined and confronted with plastic arts and this with a pronounced temporary performance character. The action leads to the idea, the interaction shows the way.
Vincent Caers: electronics, percussion & performance
Peter Jacquemyn: double bass, voice & performance
Jan Pillaert: bass tuba, voice & performance
Klaas Verpoest: visuals & performance
Sofia Kakouri: dance, voice, pocket trumpet & performance
Geraldo Si: dance, voice & performance
Lazara Rosell Albear: dance, voice, pocket trumpet & performance
Worp is a completely free and improvised performance, combining live electro-acoustic music performance, live visuals and dance. Although each performer starts from his own discipline, borders are wiped out when dialogues and interaction between performers arises. Musicians perform on their instruments, but their gestures become part of the dance. Dancers move on stage, but by being filmed they are co-creating the image. Musicians and dancers use their body and voice for creating sound, but are continuously sampled and modulated by the live electronics.
Instruments used in Worp are acoustic double bass, tuba and a small percussion setup. These instruments are wired to the electronic setup and continuously modulated in real time by the live electronics performer on stage. The instrumental players use the space for creating spatial effects in dialogue with and in response to the electronics. The dancers move on stage and react on the sound and image. Their movements range from slowly evolving sculptures to energetic bodily explosions. But they also react on the movement of the instrumental players on stage, thus not only reacting on the sounds, but also creating a dialogue with the instrumental performers. The visual artist is part of the performers on stage. He uses a mobile camera and beamer cart for interacting with the visual movement on stage. In using live capture techniques and feedback, he creates a visual pendant to the sound and movements on stage.