Cave Of Infinity: Infinity Dance
By Aimée Valentine Marshall in collaboration with Laura Hemming-Lowe
9th May 2019
Bedroom Artist & HKS Architects
Infinity Dance forms part of Marshall’s Cave Of Infinity project. A mirrored painting, adorned with abstract imagery inspired by the first known Homo sapien cave paintings, fuses with live performance to explore the evolution of timeless rituals.
Markings, drawings and symbols found in caves and on rock faces in Argentina, Borneo, the Western Desert of Egypt, Indonesia, Central India and the Horn of Africa are all incorporated into Marshall’s work as a form of communication that tells stories of everyday rituals.
The circle dance, shown in a number of artefacts from the 12th to the 16th Century, was used to strengthen community, mark special occasions and contribute to a feeling of ‘togetherness’. In Infinity Dance, Marshall’s aim is to combine the ritualistic moves of these ancient circle dances with today’s reincarnated versions of traditional behaviours, such as online beauty tutorials, pop dance moves, Instagram celebrity culture, plastic surgery and online dating. The movements of the performers collide with the abstract markings of the painting to create a portal between the first human expressions and rituals and today’s incarnations.
Marshall invited Hemming-Lowe to collaborate with her on the choreography and production of this performance in March 2019. They have worked together over the past two months, drawing together ceremonial group dancing and movement from across the world and drawing comparisons with the modern tech-led culture of individualism and vanity.
Hemming-Lowe has drawn upon her Contemporary Theatre and Dance training to lead the performers through a series of physical exercises drawn from 21st century movement practitioners such as Jacques Lecoq, Jerzy Grotowski and Rudolf Laban. Focused on the themes and ideas surrounding Marshall’s concept, specifically rituals and gestures of the past and present, the outcome is a mix of improvised movement devised by the performers and learnt ritualistic circle motifs.
The soundtrack is also a culmination of Marshall and Hemming-Lowe’s research and process and inspired much of the energy and quality of movement during the rehearsals.
Movement direction / Choreography :
Devised by the Performers;
Alice Esme Watson
Aimée Valentine Marshall
Music Credits (in order):
Ian William Craig – Before Meaning Comes
Dialect - Three Sisters Theme (mix from DJ Kicks – Forest Swords ed.)
Toyko Prose, FIS – The Truths (mix from DJ Kicks – Forest Swords ed.)
Demdike Stare – Mnemosyne (mix from DJ Kicks – Forest Swords ed.)
Actress – Untitled 7
Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith - Milk
Many thanks to the dancers and everyone who has helped make this possible especially Zillah Swatridge, Bedroom Artists and HKS Architects.