STICKS: IN COLLABORATION WITH NATASHA SOLOMONS / 2009- 15 MINS / THE ARENA – OXFORD BROOKES

In a dimly lit room, two initiators place their fingers on either end of a thin stick and apply pressure in order to hold it off the ground. They walk onto a clay circle in the centre of the room, introducing movement while balancing and exploring the weight of the stick between each person. One person prepares to leave, offering their end of the stick to a viewer. The viewer becomes a participant. There is a feeling of connection, equality, subtly explored through the instruments of light, clay and sticks. Other viewers become participants by taking sticks that lean vertically against one wall, connecting to one another while walking over the circle. Minutes later, some participants engage with multiple sticks and multiple people. Eventually everyone in the group is connected to everyone else. Sticks begin to fall, at which point the participants stop and walk to the edges of the room. Lights slowly come up, allowing observation of the aftermath: shoeprints in clay.