AMPERS&ND; chuncheon

Mobile performance laboratory AMPERS&ND brings together leading innovators in music, dance and physical theatre from Australia, Korea and Europe, researching new modes of artistic communication between performer and musician and inviting us to think deeply about how we physically and sonically navigate daily life.

The driving research elements behind AMPERS&ND are the transposition of traditional Korean dance and theatre as interpreted by Wuturi, a highly Western syncretic approach to instrumentalisation by members of contemporary music ensemble Elision and not yet it’s difficult’s performance methodology, body listening, which seek to discover how we can sense what we can neither see nor hear. The objective is to reveal the underlying mechanics of human mobility in public and private spaces, communicating an essential part of what it is to be human through a sensorial connection to performance.

The AMPERS&ND project explores two streams: synthesising the body listening protocols into an inter-media training system and developing a new language wherein improvisation and composition occur simultaneously and from the same creative impulse.

In Chuncheon, we intend to complete a first draft of our new performance language by extending the vocabulary to include voice and percussion to sit beside wind, brass and strings. If successful, we will experiment with some basic narrative structures to include in our presentation.

Originally commissioned by the European Centre for the Arts (Hellerau) in Dresden, the second stage of AMPERS&ND was presented in May 2012 at Arts House in Melbourne, Australia.  This third stage is produced by NYID, Wuturi and StaffSeoul, and presented at the Momzit Festival Theatre in Chuncheon.

This project is supported by the Australian Government through the Australia International Cultural Council, an initiative of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.  This project is also supported by the Commonwealth through the Australia-Korea Foundation, which is part of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. This project is supported by the Victorian Government through Arts Victoria and by the Korea-Australia Connection Initiative a partnership initiative of Korea Arts Management Services (KAMS) and the Australia Council for the Arts.