Heart Beats Light


What can we discover in the dialogue between light and movement? Heart Beats Lights has been loved by the critics across the world.

Heart Beats Light is a site-specific poetic light installation using Peter Terezakis’ digitized heart beat set in the natural landscape. The two and a half meter high lights mirror fleeting life alongside dancers during DanseFestival Barents.

Light has a special place in the hearts of the people living here in the north, bearing a symbolic meaning in the form of mystery and spiritual experience. The lights beat as a heartbeat, and can symbolize parts of our lives, family, or one who has left us.

Together with choreographer Allyson Green, composer Alan Stones, and many friends, Peter’s Heart Beats Light has come to DanseFestival Barents through Stellaris DansTeater.

We "write" with our body into the earth or sky the name of someone who is meaningful to us who has passed. Those passing spirits evoked in the lights are dancing with us. Allyson Green

Performances DanseFestival Barents Friday 10.11.18 6 p.m. Foyer Arctic Culture Centre. Gaze your view up to the mountain Salen from outside the Arctic Culture Centre on Wednesday 08 November 6 p.m. you can see the light installation open the festival.

Duration ca. 30 min

Installation Peter Terezakis Choreographer Allison Green Composer Alan Stones Performers Olga Zithulina, Ilze Zirina , Ramona Galkina, Vilnis Birins, Solveig Leinan-Hermo, Ekaterina Nikitina, Eivind Linn, Tonje Aas Molnes, Allison Green and Inta Balode.

Peter Terezakis about his work
“Observing figures moving through boundless, immaterial volumes of rising and falling light create images in the minds of the observer-participant. My interest is what comes from the interpretation of what is seen / what is experienced as metaphors are constructed to appease the individual need to create meaning from mystery. Light has always been a symbol for immaterial, spiritual energy. The process of arranging lights on the earth has come become many things for me. Sometimes they symbolize family members, stages of life, or they are lit for a person I have known. Sometimes they are just points of light in the beautiful earth. Each lamp flashes in time with my pre-recorded heart rate. This is why this sculpture is called, “Heart Beats Light.” There is more than effort in the installations; my heart is literally in them as well. Sometimes I catch myself wondering why I am in the middle of “nowhere” assembling all of my equipment, hours from what is comfortable and familiar. It is then that I understand that I am not certain why I doing what I am doing. I am compelled to work whether people see the results or not.
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