STOCKS + BONDS | LISTEN HEAR: The Art of Sound
Site-Specific Performance Piece
Commissioned by Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum
The convergence of visual, auditory and kinesthetic aspects came together to offer a simply beautiful and compelling aesthetic experience. It was movement that came together with color and sound, not confined to a proscenium stage – and further freed with the possibilities of each dancer’s movement choices. Within the structure of choreographer (and KAIROS Founder and Director) DeAnna Pellecchia’s improvisational scripts, sequencing and staging, they could allow their own individual and diverse bodies to create magic together. So much beautiful, yet simple, magic…Each layer upon layer made it all sparkle further and deeper into viewers’ hearts and minds.
– Kathryn Boland | DANCE INFORMA MAGAZINE
KAIROS Dance Theater presented STOCKS + BONDS, a site-specific performance piece commissioned by Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in conjunction with LISTEN HEAR: The Art of Sound, a sound installation exhibit. Six performances took place at the museum throughout the day on July 7, 2017 in two different spaces — Calderwood Hall & Hostsetter Gallery — inspired and accompanied by two different sound installations: one created by Philippe Rahm, and the other by Helen Mirra & Ernst Karel.
Philippe Rahm (Swiss, b. 1967)
in collaboration with composer Sebastian Rivas
Sublimated Music, 2014-2017
Multi-channel sound piece; Work produced for the 2014 Open Museum Open City exhibition. MAXXI Museum Collection, Rome.
About the work:
An immersive soundscape of sound and light. Shattering the melody of a piece of music by Claude Debussy into a burst of notes gives a new understanding of the power of sound to shape our sense of gallery space.
About the Artist:
Philippe Rahm is a principal in Philippe Rahm architectes based in Paris, France. His design approach is based on the dissociation of ideas: to deconstruct the “whole” into its elements, and then to recompose it according to a new hierarchy of priorities and needs.
Helen Mirra (American, b. 1970)
Ernst Karel (American, b.1970)
Six-channel audio piece
About the work:
Constructed with a set of quadraphonic location recordings made in three kinds of public places: branches of the Boston Public Library, Boston City Hall, and designated urban wilds. At each site, simultaneous with the recording, Helen Mirra plays various small instruments: echo harmonica, morchang, and wood block. Complementing this primary material are recordings from an unpolished and understated performance by Mirra on orchestral bass drum, tom, and snare in Boston’s acoustically remarkable Cyclorama.
About the Artists:
Helen Mirra is a conceptual artist, who explores the relationships between things rather than things in themselves.
Ernst Karel makes experimental nonfiction sound works for multichannel installation and performance. He teaches sonic ethnography at Harvard University.