intersection

audio-visual-kinetic

Intersection, an audio-visual-kinetic performance, explores interactions among dancers, musicians, and artists, particularly Peter Chaika, an artist-outsider with Down Syndrome. Peter harmoniously unites all media; he sings, dances, and paints. He bridges the gap between media by seamlessly (innocently, one might say) transitioning between dancing, singing, and painting. The show is about the interfacing of two universes—the rational and intuitive—including their collisions, points of conflict, and interactions. It also opens up the artist outsider's inner world—irrational and archaic—insinuation, which helps restore connections and information long lost and helps touch the present and partake of the civilizations long gone. 


A Down Syndrome girl wrote to a Down Syndrome boy via Internet:
“And, still, they don’t understand us”

2005    Intersection -  International festival 100% art,  new Cameri Theater, Tel Aviv, Israel. 

Avy K and Peter Chayka (Artist Outsider with Down Syndrome)
Live music by Slava Ganelin


2004    Intersection - Suzanne  Dellal center, Tel Aviv, Israel.
Avy K and Peter Chayka (Artist Outsider with Down Syndrome)
Live music by Seventeen Migs of Spring.

Petya Chaika
Petya Chaika

photos by Natasha Zborovskaya-Sigawi

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Vadim Puyandaev
Vadim Puyandaev

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Slava Ganelin
Slava Ganelin

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Vadim and Petya
Vadim and Petya

photos by Natasha Zborovskaya-Sigawi

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Slava Ganelin,Petya Chaika, Erika Tsimbrovsky, and Vadim Puyandaev
Slava Ganelin,Petya Chaika, Erika Tsimbrovsky, and Vadim Puyandaev

photos by Natasha Zborovskaya-Sigawi

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Petya's live painting
Petya's live painting

photos by Natasha Zborovskaya-Sigawi

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Petya
Petya

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Erika
Erika

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photos by Natasha Zborovskaya-Sigawi 

Intersection sessions

From documentation on the work with Peter 

 

During one of our Intersection’s sessions, while Vadim spilled paint over his body and slowly turned in a low seating position, one could see his face reveal itself over time—and it was covered in white paint. Vadim danced with the paint at a slow pace allowing the liquid paint substance to communicate with his moving body skin, and the paint which slid over his body appeared like symbols and signs. Vadim’s face looked like a mask from a Greek tragedy, or as though it was covered in the white ash of out ancestors. Ancestors stared at us through Vadim’s mask—this is how I felt this interaction between Vadim and Peter. We asked Peter to interact with Vadim's action from a distance with a microphone in hand—as if to give voice to this enactment. Peter looked at Vadim and sang what he felt and saw. After some time, we realized that he wasn’t just singing, but that he was singing the alphabet. The alphabet spilled from Peter’s voice like the paint slid on Vadim’s body. Since Peter’s differently constructed mouth cavity impacts his voice, the alphabetical singing signs came out strange, and he had a hard time pronouncing them properly. This transformation in his voice birthed an image of 'an archaic flow of sounds from another world.' It was as though a message came from the “Wise Down.” Later, this alphabetic singing inspired our future project, Scrap-Soup.