Everywhen deals with historic recurrence through movement, 3D visuals, and sound spatialization.
This intermedia performance merges dance, music, videography, and 360° interactive video adaptation. The dance performance is marked by Soňa Ferienčíková whirling on the stage in front of sizable screens that reflect Mária Júdová’s visual choreography of retouched photographic shots from personal and collective history. In this intermedia performance, the combination of spatialized sound, movement and digital imagery illustrate the history’s endless cycles, orbiting two different facets of human individual and collective existence: the personal and the political.
As suggested by the work, a caring, gentle and fragile individual can appear on the political stage of history as vengeful, hateful, even evil. A loving father who advocates slavery, an amorous couple committing mass murder. Family, friends, neighbours, ourselves: we are all faced with the threat of turning to monstrous violence against the other in a fraction of a second, face to face with the threat of history repeating itself.
Memory is deceiving, so is official history. Things are not remembered as they are lived, and when history is written it never really tells what happened. This way, the historical tragedies keep happening again and again.
To stop the historical recurrence of human suffering from the acts of humans, we have to question our beliefs and their origins in what we are taught to believe. But how to question the teachings of those who are dearest to us?
Everywhen is about collective recollection that throws light on the contradictory coexistence of personal and political aspects of individuals. It is about the cyclical aspect of time that keeps closing in on us, the endless return of the same violence and pain until we distinguish the personal from the political.
Dance is perhaps the most ancient art form that reconnects alienated humans with the world on a spiritual level. Feriencíková’s dance on the stage seems to impersonate the Gaia, the female personification of the earth who gives birth both to life and death.
This image becomes clearer in the three 360° interactive video adaptations which seem to capture the inner world of Gaia and digitalise her spirit. In the first adaptation, she appears as a life-giving and caring figure, whereas in the second adaptation, she is driven by violent and destructive forces. Together they tell the story of all the earthly forces that resonate within her. The third adaptation is the state of ecstasy where Gaia listens to herself, listens to the macro-universe and to all the micro-universes that manifest in her. Her mechanic whirling is uncannily mystic, connecting and maintaining the macro-and the microcosms in balance.
Everywhen is a digital poetry inventing spirituality in the digital realm and evoking the experience of the sublime by showing that you are part of something that extends beyond your imagination.