PSOYMP – The Meaning Behind the Icons

Early on in our planning process with Moon, we decided to use minimal text in our communication with the audience during the performance event. Our aim was try to carry the choreographic process through with a set of symbols instead. These symbols would have a specific meaning for the dancers and help them develop their movement material. The audience would select these symbols for the dancers, becoming collaborators in the creative process.

In our quest to find the ‘right’ icons to represent certain spatial and dynamic elements, such as changing directions, travelling in a straight line, light or flickery, proved to be more difficult than expected. We invited dancers to select icons according to their associations. We soon realised that each person selected icons according to their personal associations and there were very few correlations between two people’s interpretation.

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