"Oscyl" takes place in a landscape with fourteen different shapes. When they come to life, we suddenly perceive them as two separate groups. One is flesh and blood. Next to them, the Oscyls, with their quietly grey, softly curved shapes slowly undulating back and forth. Only a human can make them move. If she is generous enough to share her life force, the communication can start and the ossicle can gain momentum, fall, swirl, rotate and tilt.
But you can't dominate the ossicle. It has its own language of movement. Relationships change and the balance of power is disrupted. People become confused. Is it a friend, a mirror image or perhaps an alter ego?
Curiosity about the people or things we perceive as 'the other' has been a common thread throughout Héla and Eric's career. At Dansens Hus, we have seen it in the controversial "Manta" (2012) on the burqa as a phenomenon and politics. In 2016 it was the male gaze in the work "Masculines" which was put under the microscope. Héla and Éric's inspiration for the "Oscyl" show came from the sculptor Jean (Hans) Arps softly undulating sculptures.
Where does the word 'oscyl' come from?
The word oscyl comes from the verb to oscillate. This is a word used in physics and mechanics that means to swing or oscillate rapidly back and forth. Or to change direction or strength in a short time.