Lin Snelling and Michael Reinhart
Over the past 25 years, in addition to their own personal artistic practices, Lin Snelling and Michael Reinhart have collaborated, investigating the whole gamut of interdisciplinary performance, developing a complicity and a creative language particular to their artistic relationship.
As a dancer, choreographer, singer and poet, Lin Snelling brings a certain aural narrative or vocal articulation to her movement work, both set and improvised, while her body informs her texts, reaching beyond the realms of conventional dance, theatre or poetry. The dance takes on a certain literacy while the words become more intuitively articulate, tempered by the visceral quality of the body and its functions.
Michael Reinhart’s varied and vast experience as both multi-media visual artist and musician-composer, views the various disciplines as inextricably intertwined, one nourishing the other. Together, these two artists have developed an almost organic method of working, combining their respective resources in their current work called Loop Thing. Their distinct personalities and disciplines collide and meld in the crucible of improvisation. This is work that is visually and aurally rich, emotionally informed and complex; a vision that is humanistic, wide-awake and compassionate. As the multi-phonic and poly-rhythmic score takes shape, Michael makes impulsive choices, in which elements become part of the ambiance, remaining ephemeral like solos woven into and over the evolving orchestration.
Lin is able to enter the music at any time vocally, eventually building a story or song with the bits of herself collected into the composition or by singing harmony with her own voice. The cycle is endless as the music derives its awareness from the movement while the dance is often set in motion by the sound. Often these pieces’ dynamic is so immediate and varied in colour that their trajectory takes the listener/viewer across several musical, narrative and emotional terrains in a short period of time. Add the visual spectacle of the body moving and the performance is complete.