Gym opera with fitness equipment as unique musical instruments
Gailė Griciūtė, Viktorija Damerell, Gabrielė Labanauskaitė, Greta Štiormer & Sholto Dobie (LT)
An idea for the musical performance Sports Group was born while playing basketball at the gym. Asynchronous sounds of basketballs hitting the floor, shout outs of the team players – upon closer listening all of these sounds started resembling a large unmanaged concert, and that is how the journey into the research of “music through sports” and “sports through music” began. The game of the Sports Group fuses diverse rules and imagery of the sports world. Sultry space saturated with trained bodies, their pulsing veins and temples houses an ensemble of six DIY instruments. Variety of gym equipment for diverse muscle groups sound as unique musical instruments.
The piece that evolved from fragments of experiences found in gyms, sports grounds, blogs, vlogs and advertising addresses the experiences of a modern human being within the world that relies on “laws” of self-exploration, self-creation and continuous self-perfection.