This experiment was performed on the last day of the 2015 GVA Sessions at Cinema Sputnik in Geneva, Switzerland. This partially live experiment was meant to explore the concept of the passing of time and how it affects movements and bodies. Two dancers were recorded performing a piece of choreography. The video was projected (in an ideal situation, back-projected) on a screen in front of which two live dancers performed the same piece of choreography. Peter Mettler, a filmmaker, interacted with the speed of the projection, while the live dancers slowed and fastened their pace in a way that connected them with their recorded selves. In the few moments of connection, when the dancers on the screen were in the same positions or speed as the live ones, the audience almost felt a sense of relief, as if they had finally caught up with time's pace. The dream dissolved as the dissonance between the live dancer and the projection was introduced again, and the two began chasing each other again. Time's inevitable pace is always at odds with our own.
The GVA Sessions is an inter-disciplinary, international meeting organized by choreographer Gilles Jobin to allow dancers, musicians, dancers, scientists, filmmakers, developers and people from all backgrounds to gather and share ideas around a specific topic.
Concept Sara Camnasio, Peter Mettler
Dancers Diya Naidu, Jasmine Morand
LiveVideo Peter Mettler
Live Sound Carla Scaletti, Kurt Hebel using Kyma and data from CERN
Venue Cie Gilles Jobin's Studio 44 + Cinema Sputnik