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.

Intersection sessions

Petya
Petya
Vadim
Vadim
Slava
Slava
Vadim and Petya
Vadim and Petya
Slava,Petya, Erika, and Vadim
Slava,Petya, Erika, and Vadim

Describe your image.

Describe your image.

Tsimbrovsky's excerpt from reflection on 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. This dance with the paint was in the style of Butoh dance. 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. Our ancestors stared at us through Vadim’s mask. We asked Peter to interact with Vadim 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 is singing alphabet. The alphabet spilled from Peter’s voice like the paint slid on Vadim’s body. Since Peter’s disability impacts his voice, they came out strange and he had a hard time pronouncing them properly. This transformation in his voice birthed an archaic flow of sounds from another world. It was as thought a message came from the “Wise Down.” Later, this alphabetic singing inspired our future project, Scrap-Soup.

 

 Peter harmoniously united all media. Peter sang, danced, and painted. Intersection was a liberation of my personal fears. It was also an opportunity to find my true dance which would unite me with the power and spirit of the ancestors. A dance that is only possible if I set aside all my academic knowledge of dance which limit me. I compared Peter’s limitless possibilities and my limitations. Peter has limitless possibilities because of his innocence. Though he is “disabled,” he is vulnerable and fragile in a rough rational world, and that’s exactly the sort of “weakness” I look for in my art. Andrei Tarkvosky discussed the power of this “weakness” in his film “Stalker.” Stalker says, “…weakness is great. Let them believe themselves so they become as helpless as children.” 

photos by Natasha Zborovskaya-Sigawi