Holding Clouds depicts a choreography on Huangshan, the Yellow Mountain in China. The mount Huang is famous from the old Chinese shan shui – mountain-water ink paintings. Still now the landscape gathers people to witness it. The view itself is often covered in clouds, only a peak of a mountain hovering in the sight. Still a thousand photos are taken there every day. People pose for photos in front of the landscape. The rythm of the visitors’ gestures, the reaching out, pointing, holding the air and touching the mountains formulates a choreography for the mountain. Chilean composer Fernando Munizaga’s piece Mi última palabra china (My last Chinese word) binds the poses into a broken language, an attempt to get hold of tones and diftongs hidden in the grayscale of the moving clouds. The music is based on discoveries Munizaga made in the field of phonetic analysis of Mandarin language. There is a constant movement, with rather simple materials and gestures.
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