Middle Eight – research trajectory
Do you ever wonder if stones are actually soft but tense up when we touch them?
– John Rafman MAINSQUEEZE
Middle Eight is an ongoing research project initiated by Inga Huld Hákonardóttir. It takes its inspiration from synesthesia; a biological symptom of ‘co-experience’ between the senses, which we see as separate entities. In the work, synesthesia is envisioned as an intersection of senses at which the metaphorical can turn into a physical reality, and even a physical practice. Inga’s interest lies in the way one sense “understands” the other and how a transmission can occur between different media. Middle Eight is essentially trying to make new sense in using the senses, make you listen to dance, dance thoughts, think songs and all of those things in an emphatically, abstracted manner. It looks for for connections between the seemingly dis-connected, through physical and musical practices, expanding the forms of the moving body as well as the performance of a song.
The project draws its name from the middle section of a conventionally structured pop song. A middle eight, also known as the bridge, is generally of a different character than the other parts of the song, a chapter that expands the established identity of the song and reaches into another area. The question that is put forward is: What would it look like if a middle eight presented itself as a bridge that speaks to other senses than hearing? Can a middle eight operate be a bridge between different media such as dance or other visual stimuli, but at its core still remain a song? Does the middle eight have the potential to create synesthetic experiences in which one sense triggers the other?
April 23-29: BUDA, Kortrijk (BE)
May 7-12: CAMPO, Ghent (BE)
June 4-15: CAMPO, Ghent (BE)
August 13-17: KWP Pianofabriek, Brussels (BE)
October 17-21: workspacebrussels, Brussels (BE)
- Concept & choreography: Inga Huld Hákonardóttir
- Singing coach: Eurudike De Beul
- More TBC
About Inga Hákonardóttir
Inga Huld Hákonardóttir was born in Höfn, Iceland, and now lives and works in Brussels. After graduating from P.A.R.T.S in 2014 she has worked within the field of performance as a performer, dancer and choreographer. As collaborator and performer Inga...