«The purpose determines the structure» is a site specific work performed by dancer/choreographer Kristina Gjems, and writer/visual artist Eric Williams. Each new place generates a different performance. The specific site, day, people and its surroundings, inspires what is being painted and danced. The work has been performed in several sites nationally and abroad:
2017: November, a 30 minute version; Autumn branches, was performed at the Market Place in Jeju, South Korea during Jeju International Experimental Arts Festival.
2016: June: a 17 minute version was shown as part of Seminarium #6 in Sandnes.
May: part of the Maidans festival in Lørenskog with live music by Kouame Sereba; Long forgotten path.
April, a longer version was performed in collaboration with live music as part of a series of concerts at Røkeriet in Strømstad. Music: Liv Frengstad and Kouame Sereba.
2015: June, a 20 minutes version was shown at Son marketplace during the festival Sånafest.
2014: April, Dansens Dager 2014, as part of a stunt for several performers at Grunerløkka in Oslo, arranged by Loan TP. Hoang.
About the work
Metamorphosis is the theme of this sculptural and ritualistic piece that explores the communication between movement, shapes and symbols. A dancer, wearing a stiff white dress, becomes a human canvass. The interaction between the dancer and the painter requires delicate negotiation and it questions who initiates transformation. Does the dancer move the painter? Is the dancer guided and informed by the energy and shape of what is being painted? Are they both responding to the will of that moment in time and space?
«The purpose determines the structure» as a part of Seminarium #6 in Sandnes:
More photos from the first performance in 2014 (all photos taken by Lee Pyefinch):