comissioned by: world-wide known contemporary dance company Emio Greco | PC.
7 Smells – an olfactive art project by Maki Ueda
On the request by EG | PC to distill the essence of the dance company, Ueda is exploring new ways in her olfactory research, for the first time using fabrics. On her part, the Japanese enriches the ever developing scent culture of the dance company. Her work forms a crucial step in the realization of a genuine perfume that will for the first time ever translate a choreographic concept into an essence.
For Maki Ueda, the starting point is the sweat of the dancers collected in the fabrics of the costumes by EG | PC designer Clifford Portier. The metaphor of the sweat is strongly intertwined with the essence of human movement. Portier's designs constitute active elements within the works of the choreographers where they even lead a life of their own: time and again they are worn until they are worn out. The sweat residues in the costume fabrics testify to the past exertions of the dancers, as scented fingerprints of spent energy.
The perception of the EG | PC scents commences a mental journey in time to that lost, evaporated moment of creation of a danced performance: the scents remind us of the energy that is involved in constructing a dance creation, or recalls to the present the physical exertions that occurred during the performances. Never concrete. After all, motion and scent share that elusive character. Limited edition
SOURCE OF THE BODY ODOUR
DANCE PERFORNANCE "HELL" BY EMIO GRECO | PC
More documentations regarding development:
7: risorgimento for purgatorio – magazine (EN/NL/FR)