‘I’m fluid. You know. Everything I am, I am not,’ voiced Joni Mitchell once in an interview. With the Canadian legend as inspiration, in Moving Ballads, Femke Gyselinck looks for new relationships between pop music and contemporary dance, lyrics and lyricism, portrayal and imagination, choreography and improvisation. ‘Ballad’ literally means a danced song, moving lyricism. Here the lyre is replaced by a horde of synthesisers played by four performers: three dancers and pianist-composer Hendrik Lasure.
Lasure has composed a ballad, musically and lyrically encompassing Mitchell’s rich oeuvre. The four performers bring a series of variations of that song, from the strictly musical to the danced in silence. A gesticulating body is often telling but cannot speak conclusively, meaning that meanings always remain fluid. Through the bodies of its performers, Moving Ballads searches for the no man’s land between music, words and movement.