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Inga Huld Hákonardóttir & Rósa Ómarsdóttir - The Valley

don 21/05/2015 - 12:00 > 16:00

The Valley is an exploration of ambiguous relationships between movement and sound, arising from the ‘out of sync’ in terms of the audible, and the ‘mis-matched’ in terms of the visual. A dialogue between sound and image is opened here, where a synthetic world of sounds clashes with a ’do it yourself’ foley-style sound production. The sound production itself is often very much unlike the sound it is supposed to represent, creating a double image of what you see and what you hear, and what the sound is used for. This opens up a field in which meaning is easily manipulated, as action and representation turn into humorous, horrific and obscure scenarios where uncanny movement is key to questioning ‘natural’ physical behavior. 

The Valley is an independent continuation of the performance Wilhelm Screamwhich we made in 2013. There we explored the relationship between movements and sound through foley art, focusing on the ambiguous relationships which occur in a more ’out of sync’ relations. During our touring of Wilhelm Scream we had many responses and feedbacks saying they found it either creepy or funny. We find it interesting that these ambiguous scenes that seem to not quite ’fit’ can create these notions of humor and horror which we want to explore further. 

The Valley digs deeper into the same themes and notions as Wilhelm Scream. It is a further exploration of the ambiguous relationships between movement and sound, specifically operating and defining the borders of horror and humor. Bordering between a concert and a dance performance, a dialogue of sound and image is opened. What makes the hairs rise on the skin? What causes laughter? Is there a common factor in ambiguity that can create these feelings?
Ambiguity can arise when two known factors come together and create a new whole, which seems both familiar and unknown at the same time. The Uncanny Valley is another theory which explains that relationship. It is a hypothesis in the field of human aesthetics which holds that when human features look and move almost, but not exactly, like natural human beings, it causes a response of revulsion among human observers. Examples can be found in the fields of robotics and 3D computer animations among others.
The Valley strives to create ambiguous conditions where these aspects come together in a new way. Sometimes the progression of sound, movement, and scenography support each other, but what happens when the sound or the scenography takes it’s own direction? As if a woman walks across the stage and stops, but the sound of her footsteps can still be heard. Or if a shadow of a person stops moving, although the person continues to move. The whole remains unclear, as if one is stuck in between two different scenes at once, in an ambiguous world where things are not all what they seem.
Choreography and Performance: Inga Huld Hákonardóttir & Rósa Ómarsdóttir
Music: Sveinbjörn Thorarensen
Scenography: Ragna Þórunn Ragnarsdóttir
Light Design: Arnar Ingavarsson
With the support of: wpZimmer, workspacebrussels and Reykjavík Dancefestival.