Sounds Like Movement
by Melynda von Wayward
Reviewed on Sat, 29/03/2014 - 06:40am
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Sounds Like Movement
Theatre review by Lisa Romeo

What: Sounds Like Movement
When: March 14th and 15th 2014
Where: Footscray Community Arts Centre - Festival of Live Art
Creator/Performer: Dale Gorfinkel
Dancer: Peter Fraser

As part of the inaugural Festival of Live Art, musician Dale Gorfinkel and dancer Peter Fraser create Sounds Like Movement, a curious and playful work that invites audiences to tune into the wonderful friendship of sound and movement.

Using various objects as kinetic sound sculptures, Sounds Like Movement is like a band building a repertoire of ‚??pieces‚?? for improvisation. Electrical wires, trumpets, balloons, foot pumps, paper hanging from the walls and ceilings; each ordinary object is utilized to slowly create a crescendo of sound. The sound becomes music and rhythm, the music creates movement and theatre.

The performance commenced with audience participation; an activity that required paper. A4 sheets to large reams were passed around the audience with the aim of minimising sound. This was rather difficult and demonstrated that silence is almost nonexistent, even if there is the slightest movement in a room.

Everything from cans, plastic bottles and ping pong balls were then placed on a large xylophone to create synthesized vibrating sounds; simultaneously foam electronically spins on devices placed on a cardboard box that Dale wears, while the dancer moves his body, turning sounds into a visual art form. It‚??s a psychedelic and absurdly wonderful experience!

Wearing paper cone hats, combined with a gentle swaying movement and subtle background sounds, the performers then came together to create a dreamlike visual effect.

Finishing with more audience interaction - rubber squeaky toys are thrown firstly between the two performers then into the audience - again building an amazing sound effect that resembles an extraordinary piece of musical work.

Does Sounds Like Movement fall within the category of music, art or theatre? For me, all three art forms came together to deliver an imaginative piece. The show was entertaining and intriguing and I believe the audience were fascinated by the coming together of sound and movement - without the use of sophisticated or expensive musical instruments - but instead with the basic ruffling of paper, our own footsteps and the sound waves in the air, that are created by movement itself.

DALE GORFINKEL is a multi-instrumentalist, improviser, instrument builder, installation artist and educator. He is interested in finding fresh ways of presenting and making music. These include inter-cultural and inter-generational contexts. He brings creative communities together & shifts perceived boundaries of scenes, styles and art forms.
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