Choreographer: Jack Philp

Academic Partner: Dr Beatriz Calvo-Merino

Music: Ben Corrigan

Costume: Esther Kilbride

Lighting: Anthony Doran

Stage Design: Jack Philp & Christian England

This work explores and tests the empathetic nature of human beings in the context of theatre. We know that theatre is an evocative tool, it can make us laugh, cry, feel adoration and even fear; the research behind this work delves into the raw ingredients needed to elicit particular states of being, using movement and sound as the key driving forces. 

“Psychoacoustic in fact began life in 2016 and both looked and sounded very different to the version we know today. The latest production was fully realised in 2019 as a part of our TEST | CAPTURE Tour. Psychoacoustic was created with neurologists based at the Cognitive Neuroscience Research Unit at City University, London, where we worked together to understand how the body and brain processed emotion.”


Discuss what comes to mind when you think of ‘love’. Have a think about what images come to mind as well as colours, sensations or textures. You might want to attach a temperature to the idea of ‘love’, is it warm or cold? Could ‘love’ be big or small?

On a piece of paper, draw an outline of a human body and colour in where you most feel ‘love’ is felt.

Get creative! Make a short sequence by starting movements with the part of the body you coloured in. Make 5 short actions and link them together to start. Could each of your actions be on a different level from low to high? Consider the direction and shape of your actions too, are they linear or curved?

Continue to develop your short sequence by adding in the sensations, textures, temperatures or sizes you discussed earlier. Could you make the speed more energetic if you want to represent excitement. Maybe add some of the textures you spoke about before, could your movement be sharp or smooth depending on what you feel best represents ‘love’.

Experiment with different types of music which support or challenge your choreography. You could repeat the process with a different emotion to generate a short dance.

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