Ankyloglossia (n. tongue-tie) (2014)
Conseil des arts et des letters du Québec, International Studio
Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin

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Photo: David Brandt

Ankyloglossia (n. tongue-tie) is an adapted choreography for eight characters where parts of a body are viewed working towards the comprehension of their whole. The dramaturgy for the exhibition was inspired by three seminal performance works—Yvonne Rainer’s choreography The Mind is a Muscle (1968), Samuel Beckett’s pieces Not I (1972) as well as Quad (1981), and alluded to Box with the Sound of its Own Making (1961) by Robert Morris. The program consisted of a series of works that explore perspectives towards gesture and non-semantic language, to question the ethics of choreography in search of a new means of expression.

The installation for Ankyloglossia includes eight monitors. Each monitor triggers an additional leitmotiv soundscape of a person ascending and descending a variety of stairwells. The collective works are programmed to perform an adapted version of Samuel Beckett’s television play ‘Quad' (1981). Each plinth is equipped with a sound system. A speaker plays directly down inside the plinth to bounce off of a cone embedded within the plinth itself.