The Nine Returns to the One


The Nine Returns to the One consists of three scores, one for each performer, and a separate score for guests. The performers “flock” throughout the space in a reference to the murmuration of sparrows. Guests are invited to follow a graphic notation marked on the floor to enter and exit the frame of the performance. They are encouraged to engage with their surroundings and observe the decision-making process of themselves as well as the other participants.

The scores are based upon the Nine Palaces, a Chinese martial arts system for practicing Baguazhang, a circular sequence of movements for managing multiple opponents at once. The accompanying soundtrack, Children for or against the Destruction of Birds, comprised of slowed-down sparrow calls, functions as a musical translation of the original drawings.


  • Performance generated in collaboration with, and interpreted by: Natalie Corne, Fernanda Muñoz-Newsome, Daniel Jeremiah Persson
  • Sound interpreted from the original scores: Maxwell Stephens
  • Documentation: Hydar Dewachi
  • Photo, Stills from Performance: Dan Weill

Exhibition History

  • The Nine Returns to the One
    Berlin, DE
  • The Nine Returns to the One
    The Place
    London, UK
  • Tether for an Engagement
    Solyanka VPA
    Moscow, RU

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This work was developed as part of Acme’s Residencies and Awards programme, and through the generous support of the Canada Council for the Arts.

We acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, which last year invested $153 million to bring the arts to Canadians throughout the country.

Nous remercions le Conseil des arts du Canada de son soutien. L’an dernier, le Conseil a investi 153 millions de dollars pour mettre de l’art dans la vie des Canadiennes et des Canadiens de tout le pays.