Oracle is a collective practice developed by Caroline Daish (BE/AU), Justine Maxelon (BE/DE) and Michel Yang (BE/US) in 2015. In the past three years Oracle presented in diverse contexts and appeared spontaneously in public spaces.
Oracle is an eyes-closed body-voice improvisation practice reading diverse spaces; train stations, parks, institutions, forests, public libraries, urban gardens and private living spaces. It interacts with these surroundings through instant sound and movement composition and expands the boundaries between individual emotional expressions and shared public space. Each practice session is unique to the moment and context.
The name, Oracle, suggests agency, ambiguity, obscurity, divinity, communication, medium, utterance, wisdom. We chose the name oracle as it encompasses the expansive notion of voice and ineffability.
The group choreography is created by an auditory perception rather than a visual logic and highlights the idiosyncratic nature of listening. Listening asks that we understand, question and transform our emotional and cultural connections to oneself, to each other and to the environment.
Accompanying the Oracle practice is a live-scoring practice, a notation that translates the experience of the ephemeral performance into diverse visual mediums. Oracle offers several stages of participation – as a performer, spectator, receiver, live-scorer or casual passer-by.