SOUNDPAINTING is the multidisciplinary live composing sign language created by New York composer Walter Thompson for musicians, dancers, actors, and visual artists. At present the language comprises more than 1000 hand and body gestures that indicate specific types of improvisation desired of the performers. The Soundpainter signs to the performers and then uses the responses of the performers to develop and shape them into the composition. The Soundpainter will then sign another series of gestures to continuing in this process of creating the piece. The communication of the Soundpainter’s gestures to the performers followed by their responses is how a Soundpainting is composed – it is composition created in the moment.


Photo: Nancy S. Donskoj

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