BASE PAIRS (2010) – 15 mins
Sound: Metronome and text by Cynthia Polutanovich, recorded by Lucinda Childs
Base Pairs is inspired by human origin and evolution, including creation theories and the role of DNA. The relentless steadiness of
a single, ticking metronome contrasts with increasingly complex phrase variations and an evocative love poem to infer a larger “dance” extending beyond the finite parameters of the stage, space, and time.
“for the masterly Base Pairs, [Týnek] instituted a separation of powers. Polutanovich’s evocative erotic love poem...existed on one plane. The angular steps, the disarmingly novel entanglements of couples, the eruptions of stillness, occurred on another. Ragged with feeling, the poem spoke to the individual. Prismatic and stark, the dancing emerged from far away to convey the whole picture, and how beautiful it was.”
- Financial Times London