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The Web of Azoth: An Experiment in Alchemy

Last week, musicians, artists, dancers and filmmakers got together to create of The Web of AzothOriginally based on mythology , this performance takes as a stepping stone the idea of alchemy –  a mysterious and magical process of transformation. To explore this idea, Justin Passmore, Kathryn Nusa Logan, Amanda MacLeod, Robyn Rikoon and Laura Cuille collaborated on a multimedia experience. Located in an intimate studio in Bushwick, the performance started with a short animation, outlining visually the concept behind “azoth”, an ancient term used to define what we now call alchemy. In that, the video moved from one perspective to the next, each frame slowly folding in on each other. Constructed from a series of movement and interactions, the film set the tone for a deeply spiritual dance performance.

 

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This is the group’s second collaboration, having performance THE CAVE last year in partnership with  Archaic Remnants & The Methods of Transfer. Handcrafted by Laura Cuille, The Web of Azoth, was constructed for four dancers, with Justin Passmore behind a sheet creating the music. In an experiment of reverse parallelism or symmetry, if you will, the dancers interacted with the space through their body, blending in and out of the physical by process of constant movement repetition. With entrancing music, the dancers dressed and painted all in white seemed to transform themselves into the stage.

Their WILD Wish: 
To see the web travel around the world.

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text by: Michael Valinsky










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