PREMIERE: SAATSUMA paints stunning imagery in the choreography for ‘Floating’
Melbourne’s Memphis Kelly, Cesar Rodrigues and Joel Ma collectively comprise SAATSUMA. Fleshing out evocative composition and reminiscent lyricism to angle their craft, they’ve dropped their thematic new single, ‘Floating‘ that explores the dreamstate and the problems that may nestle within.
Now with accompanying visuals, the stunning clip has been conceptualised by Ajay Jennings, Caitlin Shannon, Anna Downie, Memphis Kelly and Tom Chapman.
SAATSUMA romanticises with thought processes, by artistically shaping the visually impaired scenes birthed from within our mind; placing heavy focus on pulsating thoughts that frustratingly evolve into burdens. Unable to switch these thoughts off, the vexation comes full circle in that we cannot see the character dictating our state of mind in tangible form, only sensory. SAATSUMA marries these two concepts through the gorgeous choreography present, encapsulating the woes of a beautiful mind in glowing, contemporary dance.
Through this free-flowing bodily art-form, find solace in the movement that entwines with the cold, industrial warehouse space, for the chase of connecting feeling with imagery is finally met; personifying the awful trips of anxiety and disorientation that insomnia ensues, whilst simultaneously allowing an entrance into the subconscious realm, finally.
Taking the lyricism both figuratively and literally, we feel the weight of emotional terrain; enhanced through the metallic synth work that accumulates over empty beats and resonant vocals. Stark in its vulnerability, exhale relief for the rest that is inhabited by the close of the ‘Floating’ clip.
Words by Hannah Galvin.