Attack Decay Sustain Release

Combining live music and dance performance, Attack Decay Sustain Release explores the relation between movement, sound and context. In collaboration with performing artist Hanna Filomen Mjåvatn, Erikk McKenzie is creating a framework combining his work as musician and dancer, in order to facilitate artistic collaborations with other musicians and movers, and to create flexible performative structures which can adapt to a wide range of spaces and contexts.

The project consists of three modules:

Short and dense performances which can surprise or disrupt a given program or social context.

Studio sessions and performances with invited performing artists. Performances have included collaborations with performing artists Ismaera and Fernanda Branco. Musician John Derek Bishop has been invited for the upcoming performance at Stavanger Kunsthall in May 2018.

Participatory workshops for professionals or non-professionals in the relation between movement and sound. Movement classes with live music are facilitated as part of the project.

Attack Decay Sustain Release has been presented in the context of Schous Étude, Mørkerommet, Fête de la Musique (Global Oslo Music), Rom for Dans and CODA festival, including collaborations with performing artists Fernanda Branco and Ismaera Takeo Ishii, as well as movement classes with live music in Oslo.

The project is coproduced by Dansearena Nord, Regional Arena for Samtidsdans and Tou Scene, with financial support from Fond for Lyd og Bilde, Fund for Performing Artists and Arts Council Norway. Headline photo by Tom Erik Caldino Nicolaysen.


Blindsoner was a preliminary solo performance leading to Attack Decay Sustain Release.