Harmonic Anatomies/Wet Mouths
PROJECTIONS, Tyneside Cinema, Newcastle July 2019
Bryony Gillard with Sarah Rose Bird, Rene McBrearty, Maggie Nicols, Heather Bonnie Reid and Danni Spooner
Harmonic Anatomies is an ongoing research project exploring contemporary & historical readings of female (or feminised) voice as dangerous — unpredictable, leaky and slippery sound that needs to be controlled or silenced. Looking to improvisation (in it’s multiple forms) as a non-hierarchal territory, a space of resistance and transgression, Harmonic anatomies looks to the potential of female sound in a posthuman context, it’s relationships to the ideas of leaky bodies and the interplay of bodily fluids, ideas of wetness and fluidity.
This group improvisation for PROJECTIONS at Tyneside Cinema (Newcastle) was presented with invited collaborators Sarah Rose Bird, Rene McBrearty, Maggie Nicols, Heather Bonnie Reid and Danni Spooner. Using hydrophones, slime, movement, reading and voice work, the performance was situated somewhere between a polyphonic lecture, puppet play and a sticky, leaky improvisation.
Camera: Sarah Bouttell
Sound technician: Oliver Sutherland
Video edit: Bryony Gillard