‘Red Plague’ (working title) explores the displacement between a live performance and the echo thereof. The title refers to the social phenomenon of ‘dancing epidemics’, especially the incident in 1518 which came to be known as the ‘Dancing Plague of Strasbourg’.
This epidemic started when one woman came out of her house and suddenly started dancing, and several hundreds of people joined in. The plagues involve groups of people dancing erratically, awkwardly and uncontrollably, with arms and legs jerking in all directions.
By leaving the visual space empty for the audience to fill in the blanks, Julie Nymann and Signe Raunkjær Holm will investigate how the audio can provide a portal to the dancing plague. Is it possible to let the spectator feel as if the sound allows the absent bodies to be present with them – or feel as if their own body does the movements? Focusing on the body as an instrument of impulses, ‘Red Plague’ creates an immersive experience, in which the spectator is surrounded by a massive soundscape of dancing bodies.