Please note that this is a rough single camera edit of Pause. Listen. Final submission will be a multi-camera edit.
Pause. Listen. is a practice-as-research dance and performance project by Simon Ellis (choreographer) Chisato Ohno (dancer), and Jackie Shemesh (designer). It is a continuously developing project that considers the nature of listening, choreographic and performative agency, and choreographic questions.
Pause. Listen. adapts and changes with each iteration. These changes are driven by the space where it is presented, and the artists' evolving curiosities and inspirations as individuals and as a team. The work was developed in direct reference to the thinking, practice and writing of John Cage, and in particular his comprehension and understanding of the nature of questions and silence.
Instead of representing my control, they represent questions that I've asked and the answers that have been given by means of chance operations. I've merely changed my responsibility from making choices to asking questions. -- John Cage
In Pause. Listen. the practice of performance is both guided and unguided. Chisato Ohno is fed a randomised system of materials (through wireless video playback, unseen by the audience) that ask questions of her agency, memory and presence. In turn, the dancing and manipulation of the environment(s) affords and welcomes ambiguity in processes of thinking and sensing for the artists and audiences.
These questions of listening and agency are discussed in detail in the book chapter Pause. Listen.: Visibility and Freedom in Choreographic Practice.