In SOMNIA, a collaborative dance installation/video choreographed by Charlotte Colmant and designed by Raul Zbengheci, dancers interact in a room, surrounded by electronic landscapes, at a very slow pace, looping body forms in repetition and coordination, working the borders between connection and dis- connection, consciousness and unconsciousness.
SOMNIA is a metaphor for the involvement of the human species in a technological world, where the only form of individualism is a solitary one.
With mechanical repetitions of motion and dehumanization of emotion, the dancers fall or convulse at moments, as if electrical shocks were occurring in their bodies, as they walk back and forth on defined lines or in circles. They have no escape from constant lights, sounds, and patterns affecting their bodies, feelings, and intuitions.
SOMNIA uses the body as subject rather than object, in order to question binary notions such as thinking and feeling, presence and absence. How is the body affected by new technologies, signals, ultrasounds, and vibrations? How does this interfere with human interactions? Is solitude becoming a greater aspect of our lives? SOMNIA explores the machinery of time, through an exploration of the body and visual patterns in synchronization.
Charlotte Colmant is an artist and choreographer trained at Le Centre des Arts Vivants in Paris and the Martha Graham School in New York City. Colmant researches dance as a visual form, through an exploration of the body in its environment. Her artistic work includes photography, video and site-specific installations where the body is both subject and object.