The Ant Chorus <
1/3
>
Work in progress, images from workshop (2018)
The space is strewn with building site detritus.
A simple choreography is performed based on the movements and different roles of ants: scouts, foragers and midden workers. A number of the performers mark out paths with coloured chalk for the others to follow (analogous to ants' use of pheromones). The other "ants" then move along these lines, gradually sorting the material into piles. A percussive sound collage emerges from their movements. At various intervals the text is spoken, in unison or in groups.
At the end of the performance, what remains in the space are the lines of coloured chalk on the floor and several sorted piles of detritus.