A frame through bodies move

for soprano, live electronics, dancers, and video projection

15 minutes (2022)


Commissioned by Din of Shadows and in collaboration with Angela Blumberg. Composed for Stacie Dunlop with choreography by Angela Blumberg, videography by Sue Howard, text by Alice B. Fogel.

World Premiere

Din of Shadows VI: Mortal Chorus
June 18, 2022 | The Music Gallery, Toronto

Performed by Stacie Dunlop (soprano), Julia Mermelstein (electronics), Sarah Di Iorio (dancer), Taylor Collis (dancer)

Program Notes

I. Prelude II. XIV III. Interlude IV. Over skin "A frame through bodies move" explores connections between the mind and the physical, where moments shift between the subconscious and conscious. Through multi-sensory forms, the work seeks to answer poet Alice B. Fogel's question, "What if it's like this, only without the body?" Landscapes of an existential world weave together fragmented text with fleeting dream-like moments, emphasizing self-reflection and a shared human experience. There is a continual play between floating, surreal qualities with a grounding connection to the body and the physical experience. Text excerpts from: the Tao Te Ching from chapter 14 | “Continuities” by Walt Whitman | "Variation 17: Like Waking" from Interval by Alice B. Fogel. Copyright © 2015 by Alice B Fogel. Interval (Schaffner Press, 2015); with permission.