Holding Present examines how an individual gesture can become a powerful collective act.
Weaving a fabric of existing and newly commissioned compositions, a group of eight performers - musicians and dancers - slowly and consciously build a moment, a momentum, moving toward the breaking point where individuals become a critical mass.
Staging unusual instruments such as a swinging bull roar, aluminium tubes, handheld rocks and megaphones, the performers collaborate to realise both the musical and choreographic score. While they build over the duration of the piece, the audience integrates into the fabric. Holding Present is a powerful rehearsal for building the foundations of collectivity.
© Bart Grietens