This is the accompanying video projection to my Waterloo Live Performance.

Waterloo is a performance that is inspired by shapes and patterns. The fascination of simplicity instigated the piece. This performance does not intend to show any specific story - yet, it has a lot to say. It gives space for various interpretations, but leads into a direction through the connotation of music (by Andy Scott) and visual aspects.

My creative process was driven by Christopher Alexander’s 15 Architectural Pattern Language Forms. It is another approach to creating performance – taking out the conceptual thinking, thus the pressure of showing something specific, and in fact just creating through movements.

Kinaesthetic stimuli feed the creative process and lead into a performance. Once having a set movement material, the conceptual thinking begins automatically.

We analyse and evaluate what we create and try to explain and justify it. It is hard not to create a story around the movement material, as the dancing body is not only an instrument to perform, it is also linked to its mind. And of course is the creating process, doesn't matter if it is just movement based, influenced by our experiences, our thoughts and our mood.

 

So, is body and mind connected? Yes, it is. This leads to a quote I chose for my piece: “There can be no understanding between hand and brain unless the heart acts as mediator.” (Metropolis, 1927).

Fritz Lang's film Metropolis inspires the piece a lot, especially the beginning scene, when the workers walking along the corridor to Metropolis.

 

Following this idea of focus and exhaustions, but carrying on to survive, reminds me a lot of Waterloo Station. In contrast to my performance the dynamic in the station is much faster, but there is this parallel dimension one is getting into when focusing on the spot to get to, while crowds of people crossing the way from every direction. It is a moment of stillness within the chaos that surrounds you; the fine line of focus that leads into exhaustion – and at the end, all we need to survive is a piece of bread and water.

Waterloo

2016 | London (GB)