Moving Brushes is an exploration of continuity, change, and the fleeting nature of
performance art. By combining the disciplines of dance, painting, music, fashion, and
film, Bob Sizoo and Jinko Adams are able to facilitate a wordless dialogue between
creatives and audience members.
The 45-minute performance is set against an
original composition by violinist Shana Brown and drummer Zepp.
Over a huge
canvas, five dancers engage in an ecstatic dance paying homage to the four
elements: earth, air, fire, and water. Their ethereal movements are immortalized in
thick blankets of vivid paint, caked-on like layers of sediment that build with the
coming and going of the seasons.
The project draws from the diverse backgrounds of its participants in order to bridge
the gaps between the sacred and the profane, as well as the individual and the
collective. It demonstrates how artists can echo and build on each other’s creations
to foster something greater than the sum of its parts.
With an aesthetic nod to Jackson Pollock’s dynamic action painting, the piece serves
as an outlet for months of built-up tension and frustration resulting from the global
restrictions put in place in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. It affirms the
sentiment of American writer, educator, philosopher, and art critic Harold Rosenberg:
“At a certain moment, the canvas [begins] to appear to one painter after another as
an arena in which to act –– rather than as a space in which to reproduce, re-design,
analyze, or ‘express’ an object, actual, or imagined. What was to go on the canvas
was not a picture, but an event.”
This video is an excerpt from the full performance. In the future, Moving Brushes will
move to select theatres, allowing you to participate in this exchange.
Dancers; Tatiana Spiewak, Leander Emanuel, Joley Groeizaam,
Roberta Torentino and Jinko Adams
Artist; Bob Sizoo
Violinist; Shana Brown
Clothing by; N Barcelos
Text by; Omar Ali
Made possible by Soho House Amsterdam and Pre-Reserved