Presenting: The Makespeak Roundup

by Haggai Cohen-Milo

The Makespeak Roundup is a monthly performance series seeking to understand and reconcile the disparity between musical and movement/dance articulations in spoken language.

With specific rules of engagement, a dancer is pushed to talk about music and a musician to talk about dance, in order to describe what they want from one another.

With an eavesdropping audience, the dancer verbalizes the music/sounds they imagine for a piece they are about to perform together. Then the musician responds by expressing the movement/scenes they imagine. These descriptions can be detailed or amorphous, referential or demonstrative. Staying as true as possible to the exchange, they then execute a 15 minute piece that is invariably in constant play with the expectations built.