CHORUS OF ONE
Bellevue Arts Museum
Wearable Sculpture design and fabrication: Anna Mlasowsky (linked)
Movement: Alethea Alexander + Anna Mlasowsky
Dancer: Alethea Alexander
**WINNER: John & Joyce Price Award of Excellence, 2018**
From dancer Alethea Alexander:
Dancing in Anna's garment is dangerous and thrilling, familiar and completely alien. Edges that can pierce also make delicate songs. Thunder builds from the knees and resonates off of walls. In Chorus of One I am an investigator, testing and tasting the qualities of my own forces as they are amplified and curtailed by a skin that is simultaneously a shield and an adversary. I am a creature, a bird, a reptile.
From glass artist Anna Mlasowsky:
Chorus of One is a wearable sound object, producing multiple tones when activated by a single performer. The wearable was created after the facets of a found rock. Each scale of the cloak is a face of the rock, the dimensions were kept from the original rock. The type of glass used for the creation of this object was a material developed for body armor by Corning Inc. as a specialty glass product for the military, which I got to use during my Specialty Glass residency in 2016. The glass is called Rhino glass and it is extremely shatter resistant.
I became interested in how a shield is also an inhibiter. As protection both a boundary and border. It inhibits movement but also communication. Performance, dance and music are the opposite of a protective layer. Chorus of One is an object that possess both, inhibiting and extending.
all photos: Anna Mlasowsky
photos from live audience