Artist Projects

The Symphonic Body

Ann Carlson

The Symphonic Body is a performance made entirely of gestures. Ann Carlson becomes an “embedded artist” in a work place, city, organization or institution to build The Symphonic Body. Through a process of observation and interview, she works one-on-one with each participant to build a choreographed portrait from the gestures they use everyday. Gradually, the individual gestures are joined together to make up the moving fabric of this  “orchestral” score.  The movement-based “music” made in The Symphonic Body is a blend of unwitting, everyday gesture transformed into a kind of dance. For the final performance, participants are seated as in an orchestral arrangement, all dressed in black. Carlson conducts this 45-minute performance-work live.