Pressure Sequence

Pressure Sequence started out as a question: Dancing is body language at it’s purest. But can you transform, translate this language? What happens if you strip away the visual layer? Is it possible to create a virtual dance, just out of sound? Does dance survive this transmission? Do we create new images? Is it still dance? Do we move along?

So Stijn asked three contemporary dancers to dance for him, and he recorded the sounds they made using different microphones. Then he went to the studio and started to create his own choreography in a quadraphonic format, using these sounds. Stijn wanted to explore the intimacy of the body in movement. Pressure Sequence is a choreography that is built using both the language of contemporary dance, and the language of sound. The movement of bodies is translated into the movement of air molecules. Stijn is looking for the resonance of those movements in pressure variations. With this piece, he wants to create a new choreography, one that is only tangible in sound, one that needs to be completed by the listener, by his or her imagining the newly created dance piece, feeling the movement.

The piece is a crossing between an installation and a performance. A spectator enters a dark room, alone. One spot of light in the centre of the room, this marks the ideal listening position. The spectator can decide to go to the spot of light or not. The door closes, the light slowly fades out, the room becomes completely dark, the sound starts. The listener can hear dancers creeping around him/her, brushing right next to him/her, jumping over his or her head. Nine minutes and a half later the performance is over, the light goes on again, and the door opens. The spectator leaves the room, and the next one can enter and the performance starts again.

Stijn Demeulenaere

Stijn Demeulenaere is a sound-artist, a radio maker and searching musician. He holds degrees in sociology, cultural studies and studied radio at the RITCS, Royal Institute for Theatre, Cinema and Sound. Stijn was the curator and producer of the free form radio show ‘Radio Eliot’ on Radio Scorpio. He worked as a journalist for Belgian national radio stations Klara and Radio 1 and for the independent radio station Radio K Centrale in Bologna, Italy. He was a founding member of the improvisation collective Karen Eliot.

In 2009 he started out as a sound artist, showing his first installation SmallTalk at the Burning Ice festival at Kaaitheater in Brussels. Stijn is attracted to sound because of its directness, it’s malleability, and it’s mystery. In sound he tries to unravel social structures, personal history and the unconscious imagination of people. Stijn works around the themes of the phenomenology of listening and the personal experience of sound. Stijn is also an avid field recordist, making recordings all over the world in both nature and urban settings. This recording informs his phenomenological research, but he also does it out of a love for sound and a quest for beautiful sonic spatialities. Stijn develops installations, soundscapes and performances, and plays live sets with his field recordings. He also creates sound design for dance and theatre.