An unlikely pairing — cellos and water — allows for a surreal and playful exploration of care, struggle and letting go in Katinka Kleijn and Lia Kohl’s “Water on the Bridge”. An ongoing project begun in 2016, the pair make site specific work for cellos and bodies of water. Each iteration incorporates elements of theatre, movement, and improvisation, as well as a rich sonic landscape drawn from both water and cellos.
The project’s first full scale performance will take place in March 2019. This new piece of devised theatre and music will be performed with 30 cellos in and out of the swimming pool in the Eckhart Park Natatorium. The pair will play, float and move around the cellos accompanied by live electronics and cello loops. Utilizing the utilitarian nature of the space, the piece draws on movement vocabulary from swimming instruction and water sports, the sounds of the pool in action, and the cavernous sonic experience of the historic building.
In all its forms, “Water on the Bridge” explores the baggage that we all carry with us: emotional, spiritual, physical, and the ways we nurture it, struggle with it, and let it go.