Simon Løffler: Becoming Animal
Danish composer Simon Løffler is on a mission to bring composition nearer to the condition of animal behaviour. He adapts the signs of ritual behaviour and display to a human performance method, in the process opening up the parameters for how the body can be utilised in the creation of music.
Performed by Oslo’s Pinquins percussion trio and contemporary pianist Ellen Ugelvik, Becoming Animal explores how musicians’ physicality and interactions can be extended into the realm of the non-human. The performers have extended body parts that mimic the bodies of certain animal species. This forces their body language to change, as well as their relationship with time. They start to mark their territory with gestures and signals, sound and silence, movement and sound-colours.