For the inauguration of the West Bund x Centre Pompidou in Shanghai, Ascension in Noise, a performative form, with an original sound installation (an orchestra of 120 oscillators) is recreated for a group of 15 to 20 Chinese dancers. The public is welcome to come and go throughout this performance.
Ascension in Noise addresses the question: what do we work with when we work with sound? 120 oscillators, each of them are playing a waveform so pure it does not exist in the « real » world and can only be produced by electronic means. Starting at 18 hertz (so low that the human ear cannot perceive it) and ascending up to 20 000 hertz (so high that the human ear cannot perceive it), each of the 120 oscillators « chooses » its own way to cross this range, deciding at each moment what the next pitch will be and how long it will take to reach it. The random probabilities within Ascension in Noise mean that some oscillators go up, some may not move at all, and some go down. Together those 120 sonic interactions create clouds of noise of varying ranges, densities and textures – an ever-evolving noise that builds and modulates according to its own vibrations, the physical instability of the room and the movement of the oscillators. As the 120 sounds take to cross our hearing range, the ascension of that sonic mass should take approximately two hours… but it depends on the paths chosen by the individual sounds. The extremely slow movements of the dancers are in resonance with the slow ascension of the global sound, the bodies takes as long to change position from lying on the floor to standing up.
Cast: Kasper T. Toeplitz, conception & sound device Myriam Gourfink, choreography Myriam Gourfink, Deborah Lary, DENG Yunfei, HAN Dongfang, HUANG Xi, LI Jing, LI Xiaoyang, LIU Xin, LIU Xue, MA Yunxia, SUN Yue, WANG Tiantian, XIE Zhuoling, XU Haiman, YANG Liu, YAO Yuchen, ZHANG Yangxi, dance ZakariyyaCammoun, sound Production: LOLDANSE & SLEAZEART with the support of the Ministry of Culture and Communication, and the DRAC Île-de-France, as well as SPEDIDAM for the support of the companies covered by the agreement. Thanks to Xinying International Dance & Art Center for kind assistance.