In her practice Adrian Williams lays bare the constructed nature of narratives. Often developed in front of an audience, Williams‘ short stories consist not solely of spoken or written words, but also of spaces and sounds. In collaboration with musicians, actors, composers and choreographers, she sets up a stage and provides a structure which enables improvisation on both the part of the performer and the audience.
For FdjT Williams presents »Session«. This two hour improvised piece is the second of two workshops lead by the artist in conjunction with her long-time collaborator the composer Theodor Köhler and the choreographer Allison Brown. The first workshop, which took place on 12. September, began exploring a direct dialog between the human body and the bodies of stringed musical instruments. Instructed to focus on moving just one part of their bodies, performers created a body-score which was simultaneously interpreted into sound by musicians. This experience, the building of bodily tools for creating musical scores will be developed further in the public practice session, the opening work on the Saturday of the festival.
Unlike a traditional score, which often functions as an apparatus of exactitude, the body-score is flexible and malleable: The body-score can listen. In »Session« the score itself is granted the liberty to be responsive, relational and even reactive. Through this process the potential for interpretation is foregrounded; playfully presenting the process of narrating instead of telling a finished tale.
Text: Clare Molloy
Adrian Williams (1979, Portland, US)
lives and works in Frankfurt am Main, DE