ACTION / MAGIC ! (work-in-progress) is the accumulation of interdisciplinary choreographer, Hilary Brown and experimental composer, Lamy Istrefi Jr.’s studio explorations as ritual. Moving away from overly formalized structures, but still honoring the cultural and artistic traditions that have shaped their practices, the duo will conjure a pulsating performance collage of movement, music and video. ACTION / MAGIC !’s investigative nature is rooted in their mutual interest in the universal, immediate and initiative reactions between dancing and drumming. Combining findings from their research with live improvisations, Brown and Istrefi will create an evocative atmosphere of “sounding imagery”.

Concept and Direction by: Hilary Brown | HB² PROJECTS and Lamy Istrefi Jr.
Choreography by: Hilary Brown | HB² PROJECTS
Video by: Hilary Brown | HB² PROJECTS
Music Composed by: Lamy Istrefi Jr.
Performance by: Hilary Brown and Lamy Istrefi Jr. (drums + percussion)

ACTION / MAGIC ! will premiere at The 5th Edition of ZVRK International Contemporary Interdisciplinary Art Festival in Bosnia + Herzegovina in September 2020.

Image: © Margaret Reid Boyer + Jodie Factor | Michal Shapiro