I began by isolating 40 stills from the video footage, and mounted them on miniature pillows. They emphasise the movement of sleep. I then transcribed the movements of the filmed sleepers into words, a choreographic score that could be performed. Each performer lying on a bed follows the choreographic score for eight hours. The duration sometimes causes the performers to fall asleep, blurring the boundaries between fiction and authenticity – choreographed and everyday slumber. If this work is about anything, it is about humanity. Dramaturge Thomas Frank summed it up more eloquently than I am ever able to do.
Shapes Of Sleep emanates a great calmness – it is tender, pacifying, and very contemplative. It subtly says a lot about the vulnerability of bodies without having to expose the wounds.