Quartetto per Oggetti
Music composed and performed for Camilla Monga’s choreography
Quartetto per oggetti is a choreography using objects as choreographic tools.
Following the principles Edgard Varese used in Ionisation, the piece proposes a polyrhythmic structure as influenced by the physical properties of the objects:
wheel – bell – cycling pump – baseball bat – fly swatter – ball – fluffy brush – funnel – plastic spring – moo box – pillow – toilette plunger – rolling pin.
Thirteen common objects, removed from their daily context, become the basic tool to define a range of physical possibilities. Their functions determine patterns whose directional components are unpredictable, but serve as the basis for expansion and variation of rhythm. Each object is a vehicle to claim a spatial and temporal dimension, in order to produce a musicality of movement, rather than concrete sounds or music.
The result is an intense, paroxysmic vision which reaches an illusory chaos and a surreal logic.
“There is an idea, the basis of an internal structure, expanded and split into different shapes or groups of sound constantly changing in shape, direction, and speed, attracted and repulsed by various forces” (Edgard Varese).