Makespeak Roundup series at the Make Morris Dance Center

by Haggai Cohen-Milo

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March 18th  |  April 22nd  |  May 27th

A monthly performance series and initiative which seeks to understand why music and movement operate under such distinct languages when it comes to collaborative work. A Makespeak protocol will frame each performative encounter (between dancers and musicians), providing the rules for the engagement and pushing dancers to talk about music and musicians to talk about dance. By staging direct interaction between the two mediums, performers are asked to develop a common language for collaborative work, thereby slowly breaking down the historical barriers between processes for musical composition and dance choreography.

In this series dancers talk about music and musicians talk about dance.  Each evening is made of two short performances; identical in format. First, either the musician or dancer initiates a conversation about what they see/what they hear. Meaning: dancer(s) verbalize the music/sounds they imagine for a piece they are about to perform together. Then the musician(s) will responds by describing the movement/scenes they imagine for this performance. These descriptions can be as detailed or amorphous as they chose, using any explanation or reference, but no demonstrations. When satisfied, they will perform a fifteen-minute piece staying as true as possible to the discussion. All activity happens in front of the audience with the public present during the entire creation process. All shows will be filmed and archived on an online Makespeak blog per artist's consent.

MakeSpeak and Jephta’s Daughter

by Haggai Cohen-Milo

Jephta’s Daughter

Bayerische Staatsoper, Munich, Germany
Nov. 2014 – July 2015

A new dance production by choreographer Saar Magal, produced by the Bayerische Staatsoper and will be premiered at the Munich Opernfestspiele in July 2015. Haggai is the musical director for the production and will also be performing as part of the musical ensemble of the piece.

In her creation process of Jephta’s Daughter choreographer Saar Magal is taking a bold step towards the interdisciplinary performance world. Together, Cohen-Milo and Magal, are entering into tightly woven collaboration of movement, sound and visual art. Allowing the different mediums to be interdependent not only for the end result but for the process as a whole. All mediums used in this creation process constantly inform each other and fundamentally change the way sound, movement and visual art is being conceived.

Haggai will be composing an original score for the piece together with his composition ensemble of Mateo Lugo and James shipp, as well as bringing in element of the MakeSpeak method which will be a part of the work process and the performance itself.