Breath Pieces is an expanded choreographic project operating across art forms including performance, sound, video, drawing and graphic notation for breath. Breath Pieces works with the materiality of breath and the breathing body. Tim Sayer is sound artist on the project developing a breath sound app.

I’m interested in making tangible the inescapable corporeality of breathing – in making conscious and perceptible that which is, by necessity, not usually conscious in day to day living – though it is ever present and ever surpassing control by the conscious mind.

I’m interested in breath’s duration as the experiencing of time passing – a quiet resistance to time as contained measure that equates time spent to markets, to exchange, to consumption.  

I’m interested in the actuality of the breathing breath – the ongoing act of breathing that is necessary for life, that is part of what it is to be human – the sensing-feeling of the event of breathing as the container for attention – performers’ attention and perhaps also audience’s attention.

Breath Pieces draws on Eastern breath practices – from martial arts and yoga – to investigate the material and energetic qualities of breath. Ongoing ‘Experiments’ lead to distinct breath ‘Pieces.’ As the project develops the various pieces may be presented separately or in collections as performance, as installation and as participatory events. Breath Pieces appears for the first time – in the form part performance, part installation – at Tramway Glasgow 7.30pm Saturday 23rd June 2018


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