Motion Sculpture performers take Downtown

9/23/14

BY SHANNON WILEY

News Editor

@TheShannonWiley

Motion Sculpture workshop performers sponsored by Salisbury University Art Galleries put on a motion sculpture movement installation entitled “Attack of the Killer Stripey Tubes” at Downtown Salisbury’s Arts & Entertainment District’s monthly Third Friday celebration on Sept. 19.

Before the exhibition, those in the performance went to a workshop by audiovisual artist David Linton who created the movement style, assisted by interdisciplinary artist Claire Elizabeth Barratt, both of whom were hosted by SU.

Motion Sculpture is a style that involves practices similar to Tai Chi, yoga and Butoh Japanese dance theatre.

The performance put on at the festival consisted of participants doing an installation performance, in which they become a part of an environment for a set amount of time. In this case, it was during the festival from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

The entertainers walked around through the crowds of people, vendors and other performers showing off their moves.

“At first I was a little confused about what they were doing and why they were dressed like that,” sophomore Jenny Rosa said. “I never fully figured it out, but I liked the different colors and styles of their body-suits. Eventually I went along with it and accepted them as part of the Third Friday festivities.”

Performers were clad in long sweater-esque body suits that hid everything from the tops of their heads to their ankles and used their limbs along with other props to create different visual effects in their moves.

“They looked like a mix of a mummy and something you would see from an 80’s horror movie,” Rose said.

Students and civilians ages 18 and over were able to participate, and admission to the workshop and performance were free.

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