Sunkiss ︎︎︎ Performance, 2021
Sunkiss is four-hour performance piece revolving around the idea of 'slowness' in response to the acceleration of a once again rapidly forward moving world. In four sequences, Emirhakin, Negiste Yesside Johnson, Ratri Notosudirdjo, and Mylan Hoezen perform actions that stimulate energy and blood circulation.
We live in a time where our attention and even sleep are turned into forms of labor, being captured and capitalised upon; omnipresent connectivity, paradoxically, leads to a further disconnection of body and mind. The urgency with which the performance reflects on this condition is, therefore, translated into an approach that rejects emergency. Rather than following a script the performers endure in a slow motion — fully focused on the present moment. An emergent choreography arises whose full movements may only be grasped if the witness also endures.
The score of Sunkiss aims to create the experience of being close to the sun. Proximity, which can feel soothing and beneficial but also turn hazardous. The sound is based on a Shepard tone—a superimposition of sine waves with one-octave distance—creating a hazy, trance-like humming that helps both performers and audience to become further submerged in the moment.
Sunkiss was broadcast live on Ja Ja Ja Nee Nee Nee and hosted by de Appel, Amsterdam on August 29, 2021. A film and cd release of the performance will be announced in the near future.
Sunkiss is made possible by
Performers: Emirhakin, Mylan Hoezen, Negiste Yesside Johnson and Ratri Notosudirdjo
Sound design: Bergur Anderson
Lighting coordination: Jeisson Drenth
Photography & cinematography: Nicola Baratto
Stage construction: Arthur Jules
Graphic design: Emirhakin
Text edit: Lijuan Klassen and Lisa Jasperina Bommerson
Venue: de Appel, Amsterdam
Livestream: Ja Ja Ja Nee Nee Nee
Supported via Project Grant: Mondriaan Fonds