In this piece transformation is a key theme. Structures migrate, transform and transgress spatially, temporally, in the meeting between subjects and in relation to the subjects environments. Influences from the different environments converge, appear and reappear in different contexts, they migrate, transform and become something new.
Working with the instability of structures, rhythm, repetition and form. Looking into a situation’s uncertain or possible futures or outcomes and seeking more imaginative propositions. The result may not only be the possible future we desire, but perhaps also the one we fear. By engaging in propositions of possible futures we create a dialogue on new realities and social relations with the hope of raising critical thinking and reflection on both the future and the current practice. We explore the dynamic and transformative nature of things. The capacity to affect and be affected.
– Shi Pratt
“Because not only is this transformation in process, even if we do not perceive it, but it operates without warning, without giving an alert, ‘in silence’ without attracting attention, and as though independently of us: without wanting to disturb us, it might be said, even when it comes on its way within us until it destroys us.”
Duration: 30 minutes
Upon moving to Norway in 2010 she focused on choreographing while continuing to dance in her own pieces as well as freelancing for other projects and companies. She was also commissioned by various dance companies, festivals and universities to create new dances.
Shi is interested in integrating movement, sound, text, and rich visual vocabulary into her work and has explored a creative engagement with other art forms, particularly lights, video and scenography.
Her performance work is assembled with care and exactitude, balancing strong physicality and fearless complexity. The work is marked by sharp visual imagery and a keen sense of curiosity. She continues to focus in on inter-human and social issues while exploring the breadth in which structure can breed freedom and vise versa. Shi has collaborated with celebrated dance artists, dance companies, musicians and filmmakers in Israel, Europe, Southern Africa, Scandinavia and the United States.
Since 2008, she has created and performed under the banner of her own company Karlsen Pratt, along with partner Kyrre Heldal Karlsen, in which they produce their original works and showcase their collaborations.