Conceived and directed by Mia Lawrence and created in collaboration with the
Amsterdam based video artist Eileen Standley, Belgian sound engineer
Gilles Duvivier, French Lighting Designer Pipon and members of the Munich
dance community. Utilizing the Ampere club as a community meeting point,
Lawrence hopes to inspire the performer and the viewer on a deepening
understanding of one’s own self. Art as an awareness practice; a spiritual
by Mia Lawrence
hide and seek
Muffathalle Munich, December 10 & 11, 2002
Concept & Choreography
Musik & Sound Design
Set & Lighting Design
How many stories are you living in now? Stories from your past, stories you have read, stories other people have told you about yourself or themselves, cultural stories, or stories you tell yourself to explain who you are. What games are you playing, consciously or unconsciously, to feel safe, or loved, or in control? How do all these stories and games assist or interfere with our ability to stay in the present and our capacity for love and intimacy?
In hide and seek Lawrence mixes dancing, action, fragments of stories, drawing, sound and light in a non-linear context to explore barriers to intimacy and awareness. Guy Yarden mixes a sound landscape live on stage, consisting of fragments of text, melody, and sounds sampled in the rehearsal room. Lighting designer Jeanluc Ducourt is also in the visual space and plays with the lights in different ways each night, searching for ways to hide or reveal various elements in the stage action. In a structured playing field with improvisational elements, all the participants must stay connected and make choices in the moment. The three performers play games with their bodies or surroundings to find connection or disconnection, using their ordinary items of clothing, water bottles and bags to define the space and themselves.. The piece begins with layers of story and movement, broken and fragmented, becoming simpler and quieter and more spacious as the piece progresses. By the end, a stripping down has occurred - stripping to our simpler selves, hopefully uncovering something beautiful, allowing bodies and actions to be felt and witnessed without barriers.