Claire Elizabeth Barratt
Cilla Vee – Life Arts
Performance Title: MODUS OPERANDI
Type of Performance: Sound and Movement,
Artists: Claire Elizabeth Barratt (movement) Elisa
Objective: To create several short, abstract sound
and movement duets, based on a structure which enables the
audience to dictate the subject matter. This concept is
inspired by the Cage / Cunningham use of Chance as a
(Note: The following will be carried out in a very austere
and clinical manner. There will be an actor in character as
a “Professor” who will adopt a “scientific experiment”
approach in the conduction of the proceedings!)
As the audience enter, there are
four containers labeled:
1.ADJECTIVE - any descriptive word
2.COLOR - any color
3.NOUN - any thing
4. SETTING - a place, situation or weather condition
They will be greeted by the “Professor”, who will assist
them in writing these words on index cards and placing them
in the appropriate containers.
There will be dictionaries and thesauruses available and
audience members will be encouraged to be as imaginative and
specific as possible.
When it is time for the performance to begin, the
“Professor” will introduce the artists very formally (the
artists will bow solemnly and await instructions) then draw
the first four words, to be announced in order with any
For example: “Rabid (adjective) Turquoise (color)
Chaise-Lounge (noun) in a Snowstorm (setting)”.
The performers will then interpret this title in an abstract
fashion for up to four minutes. They will finish, bow and
await the next title.
Example: “Languid Indigo Grasshopper Stuck in an Elevator”.
And so on until a set number of compositions have been
The performers will be dressed in basic black and may
occasionally include props and costume pieces.
Result: The overall purpose is to create abstract
works of art. These titles will be evocative of the
abstract, da-da and surrealist art usually associated with
the work of painters – yet our “paint” is comprised of sound
and movement. Intangible and ephemeral.
Conclusion: Art is in the integrity of the execution,
regardless of method or subject matter.
VERY BRIEF SUMMARY:
is conducted as a spoof scientific experiment.
will conduct the proceedings, gathering specific types of
words from the audience to build titles resembling those of
abstract art pieces.
The performers will then
interpret these themes in a series of short, in-the-moment
sound & movement compositions. paying homage to the “chance
composition” method used by John Cage & Merce Cunningham.