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Miniaturen: The Parts of the Belly: research phase

Zoë Knights

Animals, including humans, produce vocalization through physical movement as a response to very primal instincts, instincts, which are often first felt and expressed through emotional impulses and sensations. These impulses propel voice to emerge from the internal to external through a series of movements, correlating to rhythmical shifts in the primal movements associated with the expression of those emotions.

In our research we look at how the composition of emotion, especially in unison, based on those subtle rhythmical nuances and the vocalization it produces, can affect the expression, reception and interpretation of that information. In THE PARTS OF THE BELLY we draw from one emotion, building structurally upon that small sliver of information as our physical working material, to create a minimally-styled crescendo of ideas. By abstracting emotion through its’ composition we explore how it re-directs, re-focuses, diverts and alters the communication of meaning. We are interested in how this material affects other bodies in the space where it takes place, in how sound travels, is perceived and can be changed, enhanced or manipulated.

Concept/choreography: Zoë Knights
Performance/project development: Benjamin Pohlig, Jule Flierl, Don Mabley-Allen
Sound/compostion: Boris Hauf
Light: Florian Bach
Production: Susanne Beyer
Unterstützt von: Tanznacht Berlin, Frankfurt LAB
Danke an: Tanzfabrik Berlin, Wiesenburg 55 Berlin

Born in Australia, Zoë Knights is a singular artist and performer who has carved a unique niche in the field of contemporary performance. After graduating from David Atkins Performing Arts Studios Sydney and SEAD Salzburg in 2000, she began working as a performer in her own work as well as with such others as Martin Nachbar, Brice Leroux, Lito Walkey, Mia Lawrence, Jana Unmüssig, Krystina Lhotakova, Cabula6 and LawineTorrèn.
Zoë works internationally as a choreographer, dancer, vocalist and actor and has received various prizes for both her choreographic and vocal work. Her creations are distinct for their unity of sound, movement, lighting and design, inventions that produce transformative moments and mesmerizing synchronizations. Her productions have been praised for their visual and acoustic coherence, as well as their intensity and inventiveness.

2014 startete das Frankfurt LAB ein international ausgeschriebenes Residenzprogramm. Aus einer Vielzahl internationaler Bewerbungen wurden von einer Jury der LAB Partner, wurden zwei Residenten ausgewählt, die im März 2018 die Möglichkeit haben werden, in den Hallen des Frankfurt LAB zu arbeiten. Im Rahmen des Formats MINIATUREN stellen Zoë Knights und Philipp Krebs ihre Arbeiten im Frankfurt LAB in Form eines Showings vor.

Das Frankfurt LAB Residenzprogramm wird ermöglicht durch die Infrastrukturt des Frankfurt LAB und die Förderung der Stiftung Polytechnische Gesellschaft Frankfurt am Main.