Space Is Not Empty
A dance theatre performance exploring movement in Islamic calligraphy. Inspired by various styles of Islamic calligraphy and their unique visual rhythms, choreography, sound and video projections combine to create distinct temporal spaces which tell the story of a writer and a muse. The piece explores the limitations of language and the visible world as well as intercultural misunderstandings, through the quest of trying to capture the movement of the body. The piece was performed a few days after the July 7th terrorist attacks in London.
In the story, the (abstract) artistically-interpreted historical progression of Arabic scripts through time, from "static" (i.e. Kufic) to "dynamic" (cursive) and back to static, unfolds through the (concrete) narrative of a writer trying in vain to capture the essence of movement.
Location: Cochrane Theatre, London, UK
Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design Final MA Scenography project
Performed by: Elena Martin, Gabriel Reig
Sound design: Anand Gary
Script, Design, Direction