Crescent Arts
Monday, March 9, 2015
Monday, April 6, 2015
The Crescent Scarborough YO11 2PW
North East England
Crescent Arts, Scarborough

hmmmmm is a multi-screen performance video installation commissioned for the exhibition space at Crescent Arts.

The installation shows the artists dancing together naked in the exhibition space for five hours – a performance which challenges the artists physically and emotionally.

The recording of their performance in the two exhibition areas at Crescent Arts, with a camera in each space, is projected into the same spaces, in real time. A clock in the projected video displays the current time of day, set exactly at actual viewing time. The dance is led by a teacher of ‘5 Rhythms’, a form of ecstatic movement which focuses on the present moment and aims to explore both inner and outer worlds of human experience.

The viewer is situated at the centre of the action, experiencing the altered states of the dancers as they move through different rhythms of ecstatic dance- consciousness as spectacle.

While the dance is performed to music, this is only be heard by the visitor through headphones. Ambient sound in the exhibition spaces comprises the artists’ breathing, movement of their feet and occasional speech. The experience of the work is completely altered according to which soundtrack is heard.

With the headphones on, the dance is transformed, and the viewer enters the world of the dancers- emotional, internal, and driven by powerful pulses of sound and physical energy. Plato’s Cave is brought to mind as shadows dance on the walls, and the subjectivity of our own perception is exposed.

The part of the mind that is dark to us in this culture, that is sleeping in us, that we name ‘unconscious’, is the knowledge that we are inseparable from all other beings in the universe.  | Susan Griffin

Please note that the projected images feature nudity throughout.

Supported with funding from the Arts Council of England.

More information about the artists can be found at

The exhibition runs from
Saturday 28th February – Saturday 4th April 2015
Open Thursdays to Saturdays, 11.00am – 4.00pm
& by appointment – admission is free