Premiere: Heloise Tunstall-Behrens & Auclair – ‘Dance Off’

It's a pivotal moment from new album 'The Swarm'...

Heloise Tunstall-Behrens and Auclair are both members of Deep Throat Choir, the challenging, all-female London vocal collective.

Their work as composers in their own right is highly sought after, while alongside this they help steer Amorphouse Sounds, a label forged from within the group.

The imprint is inaugurated by new project 'The Swarm', which finds Heloise Tunstall-Behrens and Auclair in full collaborative mode.

Out on September 18th, it's led by riveting new piece 'Dance Off' and its 16mm video.

A swirl of noise and vision, 'Dance Off' links our own movements to that of bees, exploring individuality and community in the process.

“‘Dance Off’ is the pivotal moment within the narrative of “The Swarm”, when the bees have to decide as a group where they will build their new home together,” the artists explain.

“Scout bees seek out potential new locations, like metal cylinders, ventilation shafts, hollow trees, and other cavities found in an urban environment. They then return to the waiting cluster of bees and communicate their findings using a sequence of movements, called a ‘waggle dance’. Each bee uses the dance to share information on the location and quality of each site with one another. Bees who have watched the dance then go to investigate, return and share their findings. The competing dances continue until they reach a consensus on the best site, at which point, the bees move en mass to the winning site.” 

“With the ‘Dance Off’ film we wanted to imagine the world from a bees-eye view. We collaborated with Rosalind Fowler who shot all the 16mm footage, Tilly Mint who created the psychedelic macro footage and editor Simon Ryninks.”

Tune in now.

Photo Credit: Zora Kuettner

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