For Bird Song, Siobhan Davies began rehearsals with the dancers listening to phrases from the songs of birds. Later, short pieces of music were introduced into the rehearsal process. The rhythms and textures of these became embedded into the dancers' bodies, creating a clear physical language.
By the time the music that would be heard during the performance was introduced the dancers had developed a more embodied rhythmic response.
The overarching structure of the piece sees clusters of sound, light and motion spiralling in towards a pivotal solo (the song of the Australian Pied Butcher), then spinning out again towards the far edge; like a galaxy with the song of the bird as its gravitational centre.
The dance was initially performed 'in the round' with the audience seated on four sides, and was later reworked for presentation in proscenium arch venues.
Choreographer: Siobhan Davies
Music: Andy Pink
Design: Sam Collins
Garments: Genevieve Bennett
photo: courtesy www.siobhandaviesreplay.com