Solo for nervous system (2018)

Klaas Devos initiated an ambitious interdisciplinary research project in 2015, focusing on the relation between technology-enhanced choreography, improvisation and movement interpretation. Barely imaginable Beings is the resulting space wherein practices explore the intimate poetry of knowing and thinking bodies and the aesthetics of (mis)understandings between them. A Solo for Nervous System is the first performance by Barely imaginable Beings and part of a larger ongoing research on algorithmic choreography.

A Solo for Nervous System is a 45 min. dance solo, the performer is dictated an accumulative series of neurological demands. It is a public exploration of thinking as dancing and vice versa. A generative electronic composition puts the movement of interpretation at stake. This auditive score is to be executed instantaneously by the performer and only on certain moments it is shared with the audience. The spectator witnesses a negotiation between the will to move and the restrictions that any form of physical freedom entails in a digital society.

A solo for nervous system, attempts to shift our perception on physical, cognitive and emotional freedom by exploring the instants we loose grip on the material that is our being.

"The spectator witnesses a negotiation between the will to move and the restrictions that any form of physical freedom entails in a digital society."

This research project was initiated in 2015 win collaboration with experimental composer Maarten Buyl and dramaturge Joke Heylen and with the support of Les Ballets C de la B, Gent (Gent, Be.), TAKT (Dommelhof, Be.), Tipperary Dance Platform, Tipperary (Ireland),Fondazione Antonio Ratti (Como, It.).

Premieres
Belgium: Nov. 24 // MUTE-festival, organized by post-human, Gent.
Netherlands: Dec. 14-15 // Winter Seasoning, curated by United C., Eindhoven.
Spain: May 29 - June 01 // ACT festival, Bilbao.

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