‘If Music Be the Food of Love’
This particular work originated in a dance in which the costume constructed for the occasion determined the kind of movement that I would do. this process continued through the construction of another costume influenced by the Korean Bogaji; gift-wraps that are created from sewing together fabric scraps. I took this costume out into a very cold landscape and created movement in response to both the costume and my surroundings. Back indoors, the original dance was projected onto sculptures created from found materials. This new, re-photographed footage, was combined with the winter scenes and other complimentary footage, to create the final video. The work was inspired by the song, which was one of my favorite songs as a child - my grandmother sang it many times when she was completing her Masters in music. Purcell’s theatrical and dramatic setting of Shakespeare’s words helped to shape the original movements, as well as the final edit.
Song extracted from 2002 VAI CD "What Magic Has Victorious Love" Music of Purcell and Handel
Nancy Armstrong, soprano, accompanied by The Boston Museum Trio
_Christy Walsh Bio
Christy Walsh is a choreographer, photographer and video artist who works prolifically in all three genres. She danced professionally in her native Virginia, as well as completing her degree in film and video before founding stringdance+media in New York in 2001. She participated in the “Dance for Camera” residency at MASS Moca in 1999, and enjoyed choreographic residencies with NJ Peak Center for the Arts in 2003, Southwest Virginia Ballet in 2004-2005 and the City of San Antonio in 2006. Her performance-based work has been presented in the US and South Korea. Her videos have been shown in festivals and galleries in Europe, Asia and the US. Her photographs have been projected on walls in Madrid, and hung in galleries and museums in New York, Pennsylvania and Virginia.