maría ferrara about grapeshade

The first season of the 60_minutes series is fulfilled but still reverberating. In her very readable blog about improvisation María Ferrara reflects about Grapeshade, one of the 60_minutes guests, and hits the nail right on the head:

(…) Grapeshade is more than site-specific; the way they interact with the topography of the audience and the location, and with its soundscape and resonance is continuously bringing the background to the fore and the margins into focus. Their almost besotted attention to the inanimate seems to wake up these dormant associates into performance; it’s like both performers and site infect each other with a condition that lasts as long as the event. And this condition can pulsate, writhe, spin, tease, nuzzle, swing, soar, leak, tiptoe, escalate, and then almost vanish into silence and everyday gesture and chatter, courting the norm and social interaction to inadvertently reappear elsewhere; what seems like a lapse is only one more symptom. Grapeshade is fourfold + site, but it is one phenomenon, one event, one matrix of coordinates that each performer discovers, uncovers to the rest, recovers from the rest and keeps resetting. (…) María Ferrara

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