Ballet Mekanique was an interactive performance program for young audiences developed by the Ictus Ensemble in Brussels, Belgium for the 2014-15 concert season. I was one of six performers in the program, and worked collaboratively with the artistic director of Ictus to develop the program. We performed Ballet Mekanique more than a dozen times mostly at various "Big Bang Festivals" around Europe, including performances in Brussels, Lisbon, Antwerp, Gent, and Lille.
The program comprised pieces of contemporary music, including:
"No Music for EARchestra" by David Helbich - An interactive performance where the audience is guided by a leader to manipulate sounds coming into their ears using only their hands in different ways.
"Aphasia" by Mark Applebaum - A solo piece for hand gestures synchronized to a tape track. For Ballet Mekanique, this became a duo with me and a dancer. We kept the original hand gestures, but collaboratively developed another layer of choreography to the piece.
"I Funerali dell'anarchico Acciarito" by Mauro Lanza - A piece for six performers using a host of noise makers and experimental instruments developed in the 1920s.
"Letter Piece No. 1" by Matthew Shlomowitz - For this piece, the composer gives the structure, but the performers must choose the content that goes in that structure. For one half of the content, we used some of the gestures from "Aphasia" and for the other half, nonsense words taken from "Sonate in Urlauten" by Kurt Schwitters. This content was first taught to the audience by the performers, then everyone performed the piece together using a scrolling score that was projected.
More information at: https://www.ictus.be/mecanik
TV spot on one of the performances in Brussels (in Dutch): https://www.ketnet.be/karrewiet/24-oktober-2014-ballet-mekanique