As If (2014) uses notions of memory and recall as its foundation, pulling from
recollections, collective consciousness, cross-cultural ideas of play and games. The
project’s text was generated from Google search results of phrases and conversations
by the group, like “as if by magic…”, and crafted into poetry by Vito Pasquale that is
used for spoken word, video projection and song. The choreography, by Stephen Pier and Megumi Masaki,
is inspired by childhood hand-clapping games and “Awa-Odori“, a Japanese, saki-induced
procession from the 1500’s. The projected poetry with video shadow play designed by
Gene Gort is generated live and programmed by Timothy Lawless. The composition is extracted from
the dominant memories of Megumi Masaki and Ken Steen as pianist and composer, and performed on
piano with electronically processed sound – written and
performed works that have formed the basis of their growth as artists and connections to their musical past.
The project is the inaugural work by the Slingshot Kido collective.