間: Between Heaven And Earth
“To enhance, magnify, strengthen, improve, complement. Kintsugi is an empty moment waiting for change.” - Hirozaku Kosaka, Master Artist in Residence JACCC, Los Angeles.
間 : Between Heaven and Earth has inspired the first Alchemic Electronica soundtrack tuned to 68.05 Hz the Earth’s primal frequency. The journey of this soundtrack honors and responds to the ‘Kintsugi Spirit’ focusing on the spaces between the clay bodies of the self, the fractured self and its delicate relationship with the land; seeking repair.
The score was meticulously planned and composed with sounds and textures of nature, movement and breath alluding to persistence and patience. Introspective orchestral and electronic instrumentation builds on thematic movements of tempo and rhythm, while melodically arpeggiating gestures of dance and natural elements call for healing and trust for all. There is subtle magic in this composition, urging us to slow down while reflecting on the complex patterns of our lives.
- Artist Statement: Satya Hinduja
間 : Between Heaven and Earth is a screendance inspired by the Japanese concept of 間 (Ma) and mirrors the art form of kintsugi in structure and metaphor. The spaces we create and the breaks we rejoin through the process of healing unfold in its visual and sonic layers. It is an attempt to shed light on the physical and figurative materials we use to fill spaces we encounter in life: between moments of waiting; ideas manifesting into physicality; thoughts translating into words; or the distance between humankind and the earth, two people, or the fractured layers of self. Within emptiness, a glimmer of hope might emerge if we first witness, then move forward with empathy toward connection. By filling the void with attentive listening, fluidity and adaptability, we bridge distances with something of value transforming the places and spaces created by a break into precious reminders of the work, struggle, and growth of the healing process.
間 : Between Heaven and Earth offers viewers a moment to settle into a space of resonance, listen empathetically, and witness a representation of healing as an impermanent process requiring continual effort and readjustment.
- Artist Statement: Jennifer Leung Johnson
“Length of time depends upon our ideas. Size of space hangs upon our sentiments. For one whose mind is free from care, A day will outlast the millennium. For one whose heart is large, A tiny room is as the space between heaven and earth.”
~ Translated by Kyoto Journal from Saikontan (Vegetable Roots Talks), Yuhodo, Tokyo, 1926
Choreographed, Directed, Edited and Filmed by: Jennifer Leung Johnson
Original Score by: Satya Hinduja - Alchemic Electronica®
Score Mix by: Eben D’Amico
Hair and Makeup: Katy Dahl
Dancers: Katy Dahl, Marina Hutchinson
Pottery: Dawn McLelland
Special Thanks to: Japanese American Cultural & Community Center, Bureau of Land Management at the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument
This screen dance was filmed on unprotected land at The Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. We honor the histories and people who call this land home and support those striving to protect and preserve it. Visit @grandcanyontrust and @grandstaircasepartners for more information.