From the moment I saw Lydie dance she became ‘muse’. Powerful and feminine she was like a shaman invoking the elements. Her personal mix of oriental and tribal dances were spellbinding powerful rituals. Her intense energy reminded me of Hindi rites in which the priests raise the pulse and energy of the crowd so that ordinary levels of perception and cognition are altered.
The ‘muse’ takes one beyond one’s ego and separate self, beyond even trying to make a picture. We touch upon a deeper voice or level of experience, urging us to explore and communicate. I had been working with musicians for several years inspired by the music and by responding with flashes of light to the sound to produce a visual equivalent. Muse follows on from this series expressing both the movement and intensity of the performance.