YES NO BLACK WHITE (a sonata for the 'Snowflake Generation')
In years gone by, the old criticised the young for being reckless and rude. Nowadays, the young stand accused of being over-sensitive and lacking resilience, too quick to take – and too scared to give – offence. Should we resist a world of trigger warnings and no-platforming – or welcome it? Are we more sensitive to ‘micro-aggressions’ – or just less willing to tolerate them? This new audio-visual performances takes these idea to task, interrogating the nature of offence. What offends us? How? And why? Ultimately asking, how should we respond? Following the structure of a sonata and choreographed to five pieces by young Britsh composer Anna Meredith, YES NO BLACK WHITE serves as a kind of Roschach test for our personal offense-taking mechanisms. (You can listen to the soundtrack here).
The piece is a continuation of my ongoing investigations on the dramaturgy of lists, notions of musicality, and the exploration of strategies to problematise meaning-making processes.
YES NO BLACK WHITE is a cognitive, moral, and sensory attack on your psyche.