tango jiu-jitsu

By November 12, 2011 ARCHIVES, DIARY No Comments

Dana was very kind, but wasn’t exactly convinced this source material could find its way into the Line Between:

After weeks (months?) of adaptation, Shin and Dohee showed a version tonight that perfectly blended the shocking hilarity of the youtube clip with the movement and conceptual vocabulary of the piece.

It’s a fact that on the way to developing the thing audiences eventually see, there are thousands of perfect things you would want them to see as well. Not possible, but I realize now everything we’ll end up showing is steeped in the attempt: gestures and sounds imbued with every other gesture and sound attempted along the way. Jiu Jitsu is a special case.┬áIt represents a training regimen Shin follows. It is a contrasting influence to the movement vocabulary of tango inside Line Between, or perhaps a sympathetic one. It’s provided a load of audio cannon fodder, allowing us to create music by manipulating discrete fragments from the soundtracks, converting speech to bell tones, sampling the silence of the film transfer (literally capturing the space between the sounds) and using it to become addicted to big swingin trickery.

The word Jujutsu can be broken down into two parts. “Ju” is a concept. The idea behind this meaning of Ju is “to be gentle”, “to give way”, “to yield”, “to blend”, “to move out of harm’s way”. “Jutsu” is the principle or “the action” part of Ju-Jutsu. In Japanese this word means science or art.
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You’ll see it in the show.

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