“SLOW MARCH IN …….
SLOW MARCH IN TORONTO – 7a*11d – 4th international festival of performance art Nov. 2002
SLOW MARCH IN PARIS – Berlin International Meetings 2003 galerie immanence Paris -Feb 2003
SLOW MARCH IN LONDON – Camden People theatre – June 2003
The artist (and eventual guests) makes her own road movie without living the confines of the performance space. The audience is able to witness and experience simultaneously the whole process and the finished movie – via a live video relay.
SLOW MARCH IN ………. the end result, a hypnotic time-based melody with built-in suspense will take the audience on a metaphysical road which can be seen as a metaphor for both the passing of life and passing through life.
The performance consists first of the build up on a blackboard of a textual construction of a road and then of its simultaneous singing and filming. An additional soundtrack of recorded footsteps creates a sense of constant movement leading both performer(s) and audience through the whole journey; it is intercut with various live and recorded sonic interferences, ambient sounds and drones. Audio samples of current affairs specific to the place and time may also be included.
For Slow March in Toronto, I dedicated the work to Bernard someone very close to me who took his own life a week earlier.
For Slow March in Paris, I collaborated with Aman Fawzzi, an Egyptian musician, to create an Arabic instrumental version of La Marseillaise (French national anthem). I dedicated the performances to Maurice Blanchot who died the day before the performance.
For Slow March in London, I was joined on stage by The Paramusical ensemble (Scott Hawkins, double-bass monolin and electromechanical sounding devices and Richard Head, double-bass monolin) who contributed live sonic interferences, drones and impromptu responses to the road movie in the making.
Project developed with financial support from London Arts