Safe and Sound is a dance meditation on self-preservation. Four queer movers, Kayla Johnson, Justin Morris, Alexandra Rix, and Kevin Williamson seek pleasure (and safety) as they morph through emotional states, plunging into abandon and sensuality - generating erotic counter-memories with the audience and each other to combat despair and to reign in the power of desire. The evening’s moves are comprised of thrusts, undulations, slides, falls, and kaleidoscope openings and closings of the body. The movement shifts from bound, punctuated accents of grief that are fragmented through sections of the vertebrae and pelvis (while we are bombarded by aural soundbites) to a rolling, sensual display of flow as we build up emotional resilience and endurance. The films, shot by Taso Papadakis, depict real-world contexts where safety is a goal trumped by ignorance and violence. Recorded in a church, on public transport, and at a school playground, the films serve as interludes, propelling the narrative of the live action. The sound score, composed by Anna Petrisko, fuses a barrage of found soundbites with abstracted vocalizations of moans, gasps, sighs, pants, and whimpers. In contrast, thumping house tracks thrusts us into a finale for club-queer world-making.
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