Jan 19, 2009


By Inari Salmivaara
Production Danswerkplaats Amsterdam

Utopia –an imagined place or state of things in which everything is perfect.
(The Oxford Dictionary of English)

“5 IN A WORK NOT CITED” is a five-part project which attempts to describe and execute a utopia for a performance. Utopia in this project is considered as a complete (thought-) construction in which separate mechanisms function and exist independently whilst supporting the structure and its meaning ( a performance and its theme).
Each part of the series concentrates on a different aspect of a performance. The first part on overall structure, the second part on ambience, the third part on content and emotion and the fourth part on visuality and the suspension of disbelief. The fifth and last part of the project will be, as well as an independent work, a symbiosis of all the systems and mechanisms developed during the previous parts of the project, intending to create an encyclopedic view on this project.

The project is a manifesto for simplicity and capacity for what exists. The intention is to find and reveal the limits of thinking and to execute the development of a single thought.

Anything a human being does or thinks cannot be indifferent for human beings

4th PART

The performance is a journey to a garden. It departs from the performance space and invites the audience to a guided tour into a garden. During the tour the audience has the possibility to observe different animals and sites. In the garden there is also a theater.

By repeating the material, the performance constructs and travels through three different states of its space revealing what is, what is not and what could be happening at the very moment.
The “4th part” plays with the mechanisms for presence, absence and suspension of disbelief in theater and explores the possibilities in performance. The performance is based on the notions on the act of perceiving- It examines the power of mind in perception and attempts to employ the dynamic gaze/vision and to reveal the role of the memory in the act of perceiving something as something.


TRIO (third part)

TRIO -“group of three identical or similar objects, or a grouping of three
persons for a common purpose.”

The third part of the series is a performance about emotions, content and action, and their relationship to each other.
In the performance the main story unfolds to several small scenes which all approach the themes of the performance differently- creating a spectrum of theatrical acts.
The performance plays with what is/was there in the performance space- an object on the table becomes a motive for a theatrical act, thought becomes a song, dance becomes a monologue. Through systematic manipulation by muting, emphasizing or replacing words, actions or sounds, the scenes in the performance get a color of their own.
The content of the main story, which is the story of the performance itself, is broken into particles of information.


DUET (second part)

“The eye sees what the ear hears” David Lynch

The second part of the project is a duet about the mechanisms of ambience. It attempts by sonic and physical actions to steer the ambience of the performance and at the same time challenge audience's perception of the current moment, testing if what you see is what you hear, or is what you hear what you see. The performance operates in two interrelated levels of sound and action.
In the performance each action is executed to create a sound; each sound is placed in space, the space changes through the executed actions.


SOLO (first part)

“Utopias are not impossible, but to create one or even to think about one, it is necessary to get inside and stop playing around with little dreams.”

The first part of the project is a solo, which describes and executes a structure of a performance, so that the performance simultaneously introduces itself, as well as the performer, and the whole series. The performance is a solo that peeks into, and executes the thinking of the maker and the performer whilst operating as an introduction/first part to the project that dives into and executes the thinking of its participants.