Awa is an inflatable object designed for a haptic exploration. Playing with an unstable volume of air that shifts quickly from point to point, the performer exchanges kinetic energy with Awa.

The work was first presented at Raw Dates #7, iii project space, The Hague and performed by Ludmila Rodrigues & Fazle Shairmahomed, on March 19th, 2022. As an improvisation session, the performance was accompanied by Harald Austbø (cello, voice, human beatbox) and Onno Govaert (drums, percussion).

Raw Dates is an interdisciplinary improvisation series in iii’s program organized by Wen Chin Fu and Riccardo Marogna. Raw Dates aims to open a playground for a group of performers/improvisers to present unexpected and mixed ‘blind date’ lineups in the broadest multi-disciplinary sense. Lineups are social and artistic experiments at work. The audience is presented with a “work-in-progress” scenario, the process of real-time creation. The curators, performers and the audience themselves are invited to take their chances, risks, and trust the results.

Awa means round in tupi-guarani language.
With thanks to Wen Chin Fu and Mike Rijnierse.

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March 20, 2022