September 15, 2013
Location: Sooke Potholes Park, Sooke, BC.
Set up: Music Stand on cliff above potholes, and Sooke River, facing NorthWest
Score: hand drawn from the Peters Edition, 3 sections Tacet: 33″, 2’40”, 1’20”, Copied from digitized image of Cage’s handwritten score from 1960
Performers: Tina Pearson and Judith Price
Conditions: Cool, damp, slight breeze, brisk, fresh.
Audience: Brenda Patays and Grace Salez
Photos: Tina Pearson and Brenda Patays
Recording: slight breeze (used large wind screen made by Ido Gavin)
The group Open Actions had just finished a monthly performance at this site. My performance was called Listening with Water. I had been immersed in the water of the Sooke River, listening, moving with listening, listening to the sounds of the water from above it, and with my head in it, listening to the others’ sounds in and around the river, and responding to what I heard, letting what I heard determine my movement and listening focus. It was a profound experience being moved by the water in this way, and being moved by listening to sink into the cold of the water, bit by bit, to move along the rocks, to let listening pull my ears into the water, continuously listening. Over the hour, I sunk deeper and deeper into an observing and surrendering state, curious about the expanding frigidity of the water gradually and surely spreading into my flesh and bones, but not resisting it. Curious about the rocks, the slipperiness, the branches of the trees, the flow of the water over my body. The sound was new, alive with presence – the feeling of being so immersed in the water and its sounds became like an acutely aware whole body kind of listening.
Performing 4’33” after this intense experience and in the company of my performance art colleagues, the listening, I believe with all of us, was vast and open. Judith Price, Brenda Patays and Grace Salez gave the integrity and depth of their practice to this listening too, a coda on our Open Action for this month.