William “Bilwa” Costa and Elisabeth Schilling  will perform a new commission, duo-through piano, which was awarded as part of our Open Call to which artists were asked to respond to and interpret the idea of the Grand Piano.
duo-through piano is a score for one dancer and one musician; using a piano (prepared as a string instrument, with four metal wires strung horizontally above the piano’s sound board), two fishing reels and lines, six metal chopsticks, and one violin bow. The fishing lines run from the reels, through the horizontal wires, to the dancer’s hands. Each movement made by the dancer makes a click from the reel, a rubbing drone from the wire, and; through vibration, produces a tone from the string connected below. These sounds are manipulated by the musician, standing at the piano, using the sustain pedal, preparations of metal chopsticks inside the piano, and bowing of the horizontal wires. The duo remains focused on the score, while, making compositional, aesthetic, and practical decisions.
duo–through piano explores the correlation between: movement – sound, action – response/counter action, silence – stillness, composition – improvisation.The piano is the point where separate actions, physically and sonically; conjoin, phase, oscillate, and/or collide.
In this score Elisabeth explores movement inspired by sound (texture and timing), as well as the visual element of the strings as lines in space. Her movement research revolves around the sensations of sound, rhythm, dynamics in contemporary music, the presence of the other performer, and how these translate in the body in improvised performance. Her performative presence is informed by the idea of unpredictability and surprise in different states of listening.
Bilwa’s position fluctuates between assessment – response and impulse – assessment. Using a limited palette, he will produce and alter sounds and give and receive sonic and visual impulses. The sound quality is atonal, with silence, drones, and incidental clicks and rattles; while the movement ranges from stillness to fluidity.
There is no hierarchy between the two elements.
About William “Bilwa” Costa and Elisabeth Schilling
Elisabeth Schilling is a contemporary dancer. She trained at Dr. Hoch’s Konservatorium Frankfurt, TrinityLaban Conservatoire of Music and Dance as well as London Contemporary Dance School. Next to her work as a performer, Elisabeth is curious about the development of dance as an art form, which she researches in her own choreographic work as well as in collaboration with different artists, scholars and scientists.William “Bilwa” Costa is an artist who works in the sound, performing, and visual arts contexts. Improvisation and collaboration with other artists are essential elements of his work. He works internationally, generating research, lab, and performance projects, actively cultivating opportunities for artists to work together on new interdisciplinary experiments. Bilwa has performed, led workshops, and been a guest lecturer in N. America, Europe, and Australia.
They met at the LAPSody Festival in Helsinki, June 2013, where they both presented pieces dealing with movement and sound, theory and practice. A week later they began a research project in a studio in Berlin, researching the point where sound and music conjoin, phase, oscillate and conflict. TONE will mark the public debut of their collaboration.