In residence: March 15 – March 31, 2017
ALARM (Working Title)
performance, visual art, sound, theater
During their Watermill residency PHYSICAL PLASTIC – a recently formed LA-based theater project between Kestrel Leah (UK) and Yiannis Christofides (Cyprus) – will collaborate with visual artist Dasha Sur (RU) and choreographer Brigette Dunn-Korpela (USA) to develop ALARM (Working Title). a stage performance based on security alarms and the mythic ancient Greek sirens. They plan to utilize the resources at The Watermill Center to further reveal the structure of the performance, to further develop its choreography score symbiotically with the sound score, and finalize design elements.
Kestrel Leah is an actor and director working internationally across stage and screen. She completed her Masters in Acting at California Institute of the Arts, where she was awarded the Provost’s Interdisciplinary Grant as well as Dean’s and President’s funds to support her interdisciplinary endeavors and study of Suzuki technique. She is also a regular collaborator with WaxFactory theater company. Dance/choreography credits include collaborations with Parisian artists Julie Bena and Duchamp Prize winner Julien Previeux. As a director, Leah often collaborates across music, film, dance and visual art, and she has shown work at venues such as Human Resources (LA), The Garage (San Francisco) and The Vail International Film Festival. In previous years, she has worked as a producer and curator for the Boulder International Fringe Festival and the Vail International Film Festival.
Yiannis Christofides (b.1985) is a composer, sound artist and sound designer. Much of his work investigates our experience of place through the use of field recordings as principal material. His particular interest in field recording is in relation to the contextual aspects of sound and the intersensory experience that it affords. His work has been presented at leading venues and institutions throughout Europe and the U.S. including the Athens & Epidaurus Festival (GR), New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival (US), La Triennale di Milano (IT), Ecos Urbanos Festival, Fonoteca Nacional de México (MX), Internationales Klangkunstfest Berlin (DE), Point Centre for Contemporary Art (CY), Metamatic: The Art Foundation (GR), Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank Centre (UK) and Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions (US), among others.