Everyday Moments is playing at the Burton Taylor this week in strict twenty minute slots (and please turn up five minutes early as they need to keep the timings precise) for a cheap (£3) show, where only one person is allowed at a time into the performance space. You, a recording, a pair of headphones and a single light switch are left alone for the duration of a performance where you are encouraged to move, and encouraged to turn the light off. Note, encouraged; there is no requirement to do anything. The artist’s recording speaks to you, but you can ignore, argue with the artist or do something else for the duration. It is entirely up to you.
At fifteen minutes, it is the length of a TED talk, or a good piece of guided meditation, and has elements in common with both. There is a voice, talking, some really excellent music, and suggestions about the best ways to listen, to maximise the excitement of the experience. It is worth listening, as you are actually being directed by renowned Israeli choreographer Hofesh Schecter, and he knows about people, movement, and the best ways to combine both for the most excellent performance.
And throughout this curious performance for one, there is a sense of absolute concern for the performer/audience. Schecter wants you to really, passionately feel your body, freedom, movement and music in a thorough and absolute way, in a moment of peace and solitude at the end of the working day.
Two pieces of advice; take your shoes off, it is much easier to move around in the dark in stockinged feet; and check your recording is playing before you turn off the light to avoid (as I did) having to call for technical help to get the recording re-started!