In Vox, dance, image and sound create an intimate storytelling universe that approaches the voice and movement with playfulness, curiosity and variety. The voice can give concrete meaning to a movement that might otherwise be considered abstract, infusing a story into a single gesture.
Vox began with the idea of expanding some of the elements from David Hernandez’ solo work in dance, theater and music to a core group of dancers and through artistic experimentation with collaborators from other disciplines.
Brussels sound artist and producer Zoë McPherson blends recordings of the dancers’ voices and breathing with source material to create a hypnotic electronic soundscapes and polyrhythms. Croatian artist Zdravka Kirigin’s intimate universe pushes the dancers to invent, transforming light and sound while they move, expanding form and rhythm into new layers of visual poetry. David Hernandez’ signature detail in crafting the interplay between space and movement sets the whole conversation in motion, inviting the audience to the cusp of where voice brings meaning to movement.
For this project I decided not to rely on text to convey meaning but rather to derive meaning from intention. I approach the voice itself rather than the content of a word the voice might say. The experience of watching this unconventional storytelling is intended to both entertain the public and provoke reflection on meaning and the use of their own voice to communicate in a plethora of different ways. (David Hernandez)
Choreography: David Hernandez
Set design and costumography: Zdravka Kirigin
Music: Zoë McPherson
Lights: Yvan De Meyer
Masks and Costume Assistance: Ana Fucijaš
Dance: Anna Kempin, Colas Lucot, Marie Viennot
Produced by Cacao Bleu vzw in co-production with C-TAKT (B) and CCN Tours / direction Thomas Lebrun (FR), with financial support from Flanders State of the Art, and with the support of STUK House for Image, Dance & Sound (B), Mediterranean Dance Center (HR), CocoonDance (DE), and Kosmonaut Production (B). Thank you to KVS Brussels (B) and Moya Michael.