A cocoon lies on stage, barely recognisable in the dim light. Slow tones are sounding in the space. The light seems to change color – the tones are changing slowly in pitch. The cocoon seems to move – the light seems to get brighter and gradually shift color. Suddenly a fast movement – a shrieking sound fills the space – then again everything quiets down – the movement, the sound, the light.

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Chrysalis is a performative environment where the focus is on slow movements – becoming aware of the minimal movements of the body, both conscious and unconscious movements. It is about interaction on a long timescale – involving multiple senses (hearing, sight, haptic).

In the first phase the project is developed as a performance in which the maker herself is the performer of these small movements; by interchanging with livecoding the process of making the environment will be made visible, while the audience at the same time witnesses the outcome from the outside.

Chrysalis - a teaser from Marije Baalman on Vimeo.

In the second phase of the project, the environment will be expanded to a costume or object, that the visitor can enter or wear to have the experience herself.


  • May 16, 2017, NIME 2017, Stengade, Copenhagen, Denmark
  • February 11, 2017, “What if this is gallery dance?”, 4bid Gallery, OT301, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • November 6, 2016, Sounds Like Soup, De Groene Gemeenschap, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • September 30, 2016, Metabody Toulouse, Nuit des Chercheurs, Quai des Savoirs, Toulouse, France
  • August 20, 2016, ElectroPixel #6, Nantes, France