Silence, stillness and space have their own qualities, shaped by the sounds and movements that frame them. Just as music reverberates in the silence that follows it, so motion leaves its imprint on stillness, and bodies trail afterimages in the space they pass through. Absence tugs at the imagination, and memories accumulate in its hollows.
Absence tugs at the imagination, and memories accumulate in its hollows.
Wild Air is formed around that complementary exchange between presence and absence, the seen and the unseen. Each of the dancers retains a singular human presence, whether moving purposefully across the stage or disclosing a more private inner world. Together they encompass a wide and varied dynamic range, marking out precise paths in solitude or in counterpoint, massed into groups or spread sparsely, overlapping in layers or meshing into intimate ensembles.
As integral as the dancers’ presence, and adding their own distinctive undertow, are the gaps, pauses and absences between them. Here Davies explores how these emptinesses can echo, amplify, and in their own way become as articulate as the surrounding activity, so that the air around, between and above the dancers eddies with images and currents of human feeling.