Lehte II is a site-specific performance for dance, piano and archival film that responds to the architecture of Heide II. Jude Walton re-imagines this beautiful building as a performance, taking its physical materials and dimensions and transforming them into scores for piano and dancers. The sounds and movements within the empty Heide II are dependent on the building’s unique acoustics and spaces, and what they evoke in the listener–viewer.
Walton asks us to consider how architecture can live and breathe in a new way, through a sensorial experience of space transmitted through the bodies of dancers and musicians. The performance lays out a temporal unfolding of the building: its walls, floors, windows. Lehte II expands on Walton’s initial performance in May 2014 by extending into the exterior terracing and courtyards of Heide II. It grows from the inside out and brings the outside in through the expanse of glass and the reflections, linking the interior to the garden and the landscape of the parklands beyond.
The work is directed and choreographed by Jude Walton in collaboration with the performers. Four dancers—Phoebe Robinson, Fiona Bryant, Sally Grage-Moore and Michaela Pegum—join pianist Kym Dillon, who composed and plays the architecturally based ‘Scores for Piano’.
The 50-minute work engages the audience through a dynamic exchange between bodies and building demonstrating how a specific site motivates and activates bodies and reverberates acoustically.
Lehte II https://vimeo.com/169428184