SMC Explores the World of String Theory
By Juan Lopez
In a rare appearance, a performing arts group named String Theory took to The Broad Stage at Santa Monica's Performing Arts Center this past Saturday at one point using the venue as an instrument itself.
Amongst the guitars, cello, flute, and violins, the group uses an original instrument called a Curve Harp, in which a six-foot standing resonator stands on stage with strings, which extend over the audience, attach to the balcony.
It is strung differently according to each venue's architecture, using the buildings acoustics to create a unique experience for each of their performances.
Another instrument they have created for their performances include a skirt made of bowed strings they call a Skirt Harp, which produces a distinct sound that's more electronic than acoustic.
Their many instruments and performers allow them to go from classical to modern rock, and somewhere in between, while creating a unique soundtrack for the night's display.
Visually, the group's performance has many striking theatrical elements that keep the audience engaged and wondering what to expect.
The highlight of the night is a piece in which a typewriter lays down a rhythm for a well executed, and universally appealing, dance battle of the sexes.
String Theory's performances have been called a sonic sculpture; with the way they fuse music with dance and other visual elements. There is so much occurring at once that there is no short way to describe the amazing things they do.
This particular performance debuted Valentine's Day 2009 and is called "14 Lengths of Desire." However, due to the intricate nature of their art form each performance ends up being a unique experience.
The group puts on a show that is hard to describe and may not be for everyone, but for those who dare and venture into a different artistic territory, it is a show not to be missed.