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Losing Touch



VISUALS Filmic electrical images morph into a giant representation of an animated ion channel

Giant image of Becci rotating with her hands covering her face, turns to a brain dissection showing multiple rotating rooms. Shifts in plane, sudden downward slippages, surreal images, doors opening, closing, locking, duplicating.

Initially comedic
Despair, confusion, horror
Disorientating & plummeting sensations.
Psychoanalytical disturbance
SOUND The throb and buzz of electrical sounds return as a regular percussive beat & rhythmic figure play out interspersed with melodic string fragments. Lightning storm music is reprised with sharp jagged strings playing a repeated, syncopated riff

Sounds of doors closing and locking
The bass pedal note moves upward, ascending higher and higher to culminate in a cymbal roll before hitting a dramatic low sustained note – the pedal note from the opening duet

Complexity, busyness, disorientation.

Furious energy, dramatic and swirling & ready to explode.

Building to a climax, memories being locked away forever. A note of doom.

MOVEMENT Frank & Franketta dance a unison duet reprising electricity-driven, jump-starting movement material from scenes 3 & 5.

1 by 1 dancers jump into the ion channel and roll out, only to fall flat to the floor

Central image is of hands covering faces & clutching heads; movements are reprised from other scenes: Aerial towers (standing on shoulders) The Franketta duet & the circular running in Hive City. One moment of stillness in the midst of wild activity: Becci, Chris & Danny invert into headstands with flexed feet, as though hanging by the strop.
Dancers react to activity & movement in the film; mirroring, struggling, falling, leaping, dangling & dropping. Disembodied torsos, legs and arms appear stretching sideways into the space

Reference back to Frank – a reminder that we are electrical beings.

The ion channel is the spark of life but these impulses tumble out and don’t move.

Horror film – an enactment of  memories swirling around, merging together and being spoiled in nightmarish fashion and mixed up with Frankenstein; a reminder of where the confusion stems from – a malfunction in bodily electricity.

Summary of Meaning, mood and Significance

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Charge is supported by

Warwick Arts Centre, Rothschild Foundation, Ernest Cook Trust, Tipping Point, Stories of Change

Official energy partner of Charge

First Utility

Motionhouse is supported by

Warwick DC, Lottery Funded, Arts Council England, Vitsoe, John Ellerman Foundation