Collaborations combining mediums are nothing new. But Accretion, a 2018 joint effort between Berlin-based pianist and improvisor Magda Mayas and British dancer and choreographer Toby Kassell, makes an unusual leap: the pianist is the one choreographed. No dancers - professional or otherwise - take the stage: Mayas’ movements as she plays combine both mediums, dance and sound. The collaboration happens simultaneously in and with one body.
But not just one instrument. When the body is referred to as an instrument, it amplifies the connotations of the body itself as a medium between worlds – an instrument of communication between the personal and the impersonal, between the human and the not-human. Accretion is a performance for three grand pianos and one pianist.
“Now these three pianos function as acoustic amplifiers, which they always have been anyway, of course, but with multiplying the instruments I am projecting the sounds and myself into the space from various positions, in a very simple way.”