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13/05/31/17:00 Erik Griswold: Strings Attached

In Strings Attached, for six percussionists, the ensemble is transformed into a live kinetic sculpture. Four-meter-long bright white nylon ropes attach the performers' sticks to a lighting rig, or in some cases to each other, causing their gestures to be visually amplified on a massive scale. Minute shifts of stick position produce palpable shifts in the tension of the ropes, while large physical gestures give rise to a dramatic rising and falling choreography.

Through the intricately choreographed score of rolls and accents, the quivering ropes suggested gusts of wind or sound wave phenomena, in what became a percussion tour de force and kinetic sculpture all in one. - Josef Woodard, Los Angeles Times, Jan 29, 1999