Across Oceans- Maxine Heppner

Posted on October 13, 2011


” All communication begins in our bodies with movement, sound and image. ”

All human communication begins in our bodies with pure movement, sound and image. Art filters these forms through our human intellect to express experiences of spirit, sensation and idea. So all of my work – my choreography, words on pages, images on walls, sounds in air – is fundamentally physical expression.

I am interested in balances between boldness and beauty, formal discipline, detail, brashness, lyricism and rawness. I am interested in direct links between live performance/ performers and audience. In my vision a fourth wall does not exist, and often no walls exist between on and off stage. Perception of life through art is always “real”, be it presented in ways that are mundane, ordinary, extraordinary, fantastical.

In my personal practice I identify energetic “force” and “patterns” of actions or visual or aural images, then develop forms that support that energy in a way that we can make it tangible. Without tangibility there is no art, only ideas and intentions. A tangible expression is received through audiences’ 5 senses and intellect simultaneously, and becomes an actual part of their life experience. Some experiences fall away more quickly than others, intentionally, unintentionally. The exchange between the art and the audience is real. The creators’ job is to make art that their particular audience can engage in.

The choreogrpahers job is done when the work is cleary in a Place where only this particular stage Action can happen for only the particular length of time of the piece, in only that particular order of events, leading only to the final outcome.  A dancework, from the most purely abstract to the most storytelling is successful only when the audience is secure answering these questions (intuitievely or intellectually):.What place is this? What is going on? How do I feel about it? What do I realize now that it’s over?