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CC #22 – Interlocking

Kecak – interlocking voices, bodies, minds

In a series of three afternoons I will present the theme of Interlocking Voices (Bodies/Spaces/Etc’s) through practise of the Balinese kecak. Kecak is a complex system of vocal percussion and singing, dance, and storytelling, with its roots in ancient ritual and it’s present in a thriving, passionate and unique music / artform. Kecak usually retells a scene of the Hindu epic Ramayana, in which Rama and monkey king Hanuman rescue Sita, who was abducted.

This is a vocal percussion system where one specific simple rhythm is sung by many voices, each starting on a different beat. The result is a swirling texture of interlocking rhythms, it almost feels like a beehive, or very active drone!

As kecak itself is very interdisciplinary and open, making it an interesting startingpoint for improvisation, using circle forms and polyphony to group movement, translating (the idea) of interlocking rhythms into other disciplines.

Every session will start with a kecack practise, to get comfortable with basic kecak forms. Then we’ll start to bring our own disciplines and styles into the kecak, and finally introducing kecak and its principles into our own work. There are definate links with previous sessions, like polyphony.
I hope to see you then,

About marije nie

professional tapdancer, improvisor, concert designer, producer and concept developer. Especially interested in interdisciplinary and interactive arts, instant composition and improvising within structures. But really I'm just a tap dancer...


9 thoughts on “CC #22 – Interlocking

  1. Nice! I’ll be there Thursday the 12th, but not the next 2 sessions, as I am in Holland the last 2 weeks of January.

    Posted by Alkisti Theophilou | January 7, 2012, 15:49
  2. hi Marije, I will join 12th en 19th, but have to miss the last one.

    Looking forward to it! T

    Posted by Thomas Johannsen | January 8, 2012, 12:13
  3. Hoi Marije I’ll be in thursday and try be there all three times. It’ll be my first meeting with the Carpet Collective.
    greetings Moira

    Posted by Moira Mirck | January 10, 2012, 21:51
  4. Hi Marije,

    Thomas invited me to join in with the voice for the Kecak sessions. Tomorrow I hope I can make it, since I already have an appointment (hope to be there before 13.30).
    The other 2 times I can come.
    See you then!

    Posted by Yinske | January 11, 2012, 22:48
  5. Hello
    I will join today and do my best to be there on time (i might be 15 min late)
    Looking forward to

    Posted by Astarti | January 19, 2012, 10:26
    • Dear Cecak people, i am very sorry to not be there today, and tell you so late but i am sick with hot and colds so have to stay in my bed.
      I hope i can still jump-in next thursday, let me know.
      groetjes Moira

      Posted by Moira | January 19, 2012, 12:15
  6. Sorry, I can’t make it today. Something urgent came up. Next week I’m there!

    Posted by Yinske | January 19, 2012, 11:36

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