Dah (Without Shite)
performance, 50’, 2016
‘Dah’ is a contemporary Noh drama: a performance of dance and music staged in a symbolic space which, through an iconic antenna, the hand of a radio operator, the voice of a performer and choral instrumental accompaniment, aims to give substance to immaterial connections. The act borrows its formal severity from the 14th century Japanese tradition. The Noh stage is
recreated in a rudimentary yet exact stylisation. Micro-cameras are carried by performers whose point-of-view shots are directly projected to the left of the stage, marking the place of the traditional “bridge”. Over the accompaniment of the “orchestra”, the radio operator (on stage) searches for the remote AM signals that reach the antenna from the other hemisphere, and transmits
those sounds to the headphones of the performer, who gives them voice and movement. The action of the performer is interpreted in turn by the choir, who grasp onto any recognisable sonic material and vocalise it. Throughout Dah explores the possibility of creating a choreography of analogies.