MAI & AMPERSAND
Ebbs, Flows & Furies: An evening of Experimental Music and Dance
Mai Butoh Dance and Ampersand Industrial Noise will perform 2 sets of improvised Butoh/ Noise performance from 7pm.
ABOUT Mai Butoh Dance
Mai Nguyen Tri is a Franco Vietnamese dance artist. For the last 20 years she has drawn inspiration from the waters, back and fro between Brittany coasts, salt marshes and the river, pools and canals of the East End of London. Mixing her Butoh dancing spirit with her passion for improvising with live music, she loves to express her intense movements and bring light to a space with explosiveness. Her creative nest is Hackney Wick where her soul could finally set home to bring together her many identities, her inspirations, the contradicting facets of her art between the rebellious and the polished of her Euro-Asian Zen/punk Butoh dance. Mai collaborated with musicians, film -makers and photographers and specialise in site specific and specialise in outdoor performances with live improvisation bands, such as fear Of Fluffing from Hackney Wick and Ampersand from Deptford.
London based improvisers of industrial ambient noise, Ampersand are an improvisational sound ensemble. They have performed across Europe over the last nine years. They produce an experience of sound to envelop the audience in the act of the moment and the art of the moment. This uniquely pan-generational group utilises found objects, engineered metal, deconstructed traditional instruments and audio toys. Ampersand performances are always improvised, they arise thus from the moment, the place, the atmosphere, the occurrences of that day. The sound, and the experience of that sound are imposed on all the senses, to share with the audience a charged and super-layered emotional state. Ampersand are Brian Bushell, Joseph Oldfield, Stephen Oldfield and Paul Wells. http://www.ampersand.tv/
Mai & Ampersand have performed together in numerous performing venues in the last 3 years. Crystal Palace Overground Festival in 2015- Lewisham Art House In 2016.- Grow, Hackney Wick, in 2016.- Minesweeper ship, Deptford Creek in 2015, 2016.- Azart, Ship Of Fools, Amsterdam in 2016 - Montague Arms, New Cross in 2017 - Stour Space, Hackney Wick in 2017
Visuals by VJ FLICKERING LIGHT