A captivating visual accompaniment to musician Zoë Mc Pherson’s album, String Figures, by Berlin-based director Alessandra Leone. “Sabotage Story (unknot opening)” is the first instalment of what will be a 7-chapter series exploring Mc Pherson’s personal research into the global practice of string games like Cat’s Cradle — activities that often mix storytelling, chanting and divination with the creation of intricate designs made using one’s fingers (and sometimes those of others).

Leone translates Mc Pherson’s sonic mediations into elaborately choreographed gestures both beautiful and haunting. As Leone describes it, the film captures the dialogue not just between fingers and hands but between bodies, the “continuous weaving” and “patterning of possible worlds and possible times.” Only here: “Zoë is narrator/instigator, conducting carefully orchestrated rituals as a way of thoroughly exploring the relational ties within the concept. The dancers speak their physical language by expanding contracting and interweaving within the string loop.”

What began as a passion for merging sounds, both organic and electronic, from traditional folk cultures and the global Internet has transformed into what Mc Pherson calls “an indigenous of the future.” Working with percussionist Falk Schrauwen and Alessandra Leone, as well as video artists Moritz ReichartzSusi SieAndreas Barden and more, the project has become a transmedia collaboration that involves generative animation, motion capture, dance and live performance. Click here to learn more. Full credits and Behind the Scenes images from the shoot by photographer Dario J Laganà below!

An audiovisual piece feat. concept and music by Zoë Mc Pherson, film by Alessandra Leone

Direction – Alessandra Leone
Production – Silvia Procopio
DoP – Julian Moser
Focus Puller – Nils Koppenbrink
Costumes, Accessories – Raki Fernandez, Benu Berlin
Headpiece – Siff Pristed
Prop Designer – Terril Scott
MuA – Nóra Belovai
Hairstylist – Krisztiàn Berki
Choreography – Hen
Dance – Hen, IChi Go
Color Grading – Lutz Forster
3D – Moritz Reichartz
Set Photography – Dario Jacopo Laganà

Music written, arranged and performed by – Zoë Mc Pherson
Live percussions (congas, bendhir, repik) – Falk Schrauwen
Bass saxophone – Sam Comerford
Mixed at – Low Man’s Land
Mastered by – Rashad Becker

Produced by Zoë Mc Pherson
Thanks to the support of Flanders, state of art.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

String Figures’ Website

Zoë Mc Pherson on Facebook

Zoë Mc Pherson on Instagram

Alessandra Leone’s Website

 

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