Photo: Marc Carter
Amplifying Pulse is inspired by the pulse listening method in Traditional Chinese Medicine. Paige Barnes has been in residence at the Olympic Sculpture Park exploring the intersections of her Eastern healing and dance movement practices with poet Vanessa DeWolf, musician Evan Flory-Barnes and animator Stefan Gruber. Barnes’ residency has primarily been spent listening to park visitors’ pulses and responding to each through dance movement and poetry. On February 24, this experience will be expanded to include 10 dancers and 3 musicians. The evening will move between the intimacies of individual pulse readings and the invited chaos of group improvisations with dance and music.
Amplifying Pulse Artists:
Director: Paige Barnes
Poet: Vanessa DeWolf
Animator: Stefan Gruber
Dancers: Chloe Albin, Paige Barnes, Etienne Cakpo, Jessie Chung, Randy Ford, Camille Fujita, Serge Gubelman, Ella Mahler, Devin McDermott, Milvia Pacheco and Tamin Totzke
Musicians: Beth Fleenor (clarinet, voice), Monica Schley (harp, voice), and Ivory Smith (electronics, voice)
7-7:30pm INDIVIDUAL PULSE READINGS
11 dancers will each listen to a person’s pulse and respond with a solo dance. This will happen in three cycles titled: Full Moon, Waning Moon and Crescent Moon. The Pulse Readings have been pre-registered. Everyone is invited to stay and witness these powerfully intimate dances.
7:30-9pm PERFORMANCE: Inviting Chaos
Chinese medicine views the body as a reflection of the environment; Paige Barnes has spent January and February at the park exploring this metaphor. Barnes imagines the park as a body with five organs like Chinese medicine perceives the human body through the five element theory. These five elements and their associated properties have been related to five park sculptures. Tonight the pulse readings, the sculptures, and their parallel organ systems have shaped the performance score.
Scene 1: LIVER (Stinger, 1999, Tony Smith) > Solos + Group Accumulation
Scene 2: SPLEEN (Neukom Vivarium, 2003-04, Mark Dion) > Reflections + Shadows
Scene 3: KIDNEY (Echo, 2011, Jaume Plensa) > Reflections of Despair
Scene 4: HEART (The Eagle, 1971, Alexander Calder) > Repeat + Amplify
Scene 5: LUNGS (Wake, 2004, Richard Serra) > Chaos
The End: RETURN TO THE ARTLAB > The root of the pulse
Barnes received partial funding from Seattle Office of Arts & Culture.