LITTLE PERCEPTIONS


To give a clearer idea of these minute perceptions which we are unable to pick out from the crowd, I like to use the example of the roaring noise of the sea which impresses itself on us when we are standing on the shore. To hear this noise as we do, we must hear the parts which make up this whole, that is the noise of each wave, although each of these little noises makes itself known only when combined confusedly with all the others, and would not be noticed if the wave which made it were by itself.
— Leibniz, New Essays on Human Understanding

Little Perceptions is based on movements motivated by practical such as hitting, avoiding or throwing. This is an indirect way to define movement: instead of concentrating on the formal qualities of their movements, the dancers try to accomplish actions on imaginary objects as precisely as possible. These practical goals give very specific motor qualities to the gestures: direction, body part, muscle tone, speed, force, impact, affect of the performer… This indirect definition of the movement makes it possible to capture a kinesthetic richness that would have remained inaccessible if one had defined the qualities of the movements directly.

Each sequence of movements is composed of only one type of action. This makes them very homogeneous. Each movement is different, but the differences are too small for individual movements to be isolated and identified. The spectator has to experience the sequence as a whole and he cannot divide it in distinct parts. There is neither evolution, nor development. With this approach, I try to investigate the visual and kinesthetic perception of movement: what can we see, what can we distinguish and what can we remember?

 

CREDITS

Choreography: Noé Soulier
With: Thibault Lac, Daniel Linehan and Noé Soulier
Dramaturgy: Mette Ingvarsten
Music: Les Folies Françaises – La Frénésie, François Couperin; The Well Tempered Keyboard, Prélude nr. 15 in G Major, BWV 860, Johann Sebastian Bach
Interpretation: Pierre Hantaï

Production: PARTS
Executive Production: ND Productions (Paris)