Hidden Architectures

by Saffy Setohy & Jan Hendrickse

Hidden Architectures is a collaboration between UK based choreographer Saffy Setohy and sound artist Jan Hendrickse. It explores the body as a living instrument, resonance, interconnectedness through deep listening, and the mouth as a vital site of communication and engagement with the world.

Hidden Architectures is an immersive performance installation performed by pairs of people connected mouth to mouth by near invisible threads.  The sonic resonance of these lines are captured and amplified as they reverberate within the internal architecture of the performers’ bodies, out into the performance environment. The resonant body and mouth becomes a sound generator, amplifier and receiver.

Saffy and her collaborators began research in Summer 2015, and Hidden Architectures will premier in 2017. For MOUTHY they researched and developed aspects of the work with the Dental Institute. Specifically, Hidden Architectures has been working on mouthpieces with King’s College London maxillofacial surgeon Trevor Coward and his team.

Check out our blog for updates as the collaborations develops.

The project was co-commissioned by London Science Gallery and Tramway, with support from Creative Scotland, The Work Room, SWG3, Platform, Dance Base, Lyth Arts Centre and Siobhan Davies Dance (through the dance artist-curator mentorship programme). Produced in partnership with Sam Eccles.


Glasgow-based Saffy Setohy works across and between making, performance, participatory work and education. Saffy was an ‘emerging artist in residence’ at the Southbank Centre from 2010-2012. She has since made a range of collaborative works for installation, stage, screen, sited and public space, commissioned by partners including Pavilion Dance, South East Dance, Le Phare Centre Choréographique National du Havre Haute-Normandie, Arts Council England and Creative Scotland. Her work has been presented across the UK and internationally. Saffy participated in the 2015/2016 dance artist-curator mentorship programme supported by Siobhan Davies Dance, and is a lecturer and facilitator in a range of contexts.

Website: www.saffysetohy.co.uk   

Jan Hendrickse is an artist, composer, performer and improviser. He has performed or collaborated with a diverse range of artists and ensembles including Ornette Coleman and David Toop. Jan’s work crosses socially engaged practice, performance, installation and composition and has been commissioned by Tone festival, Deptford-X, Soundwaves, CHROMA ensemble and others. He is a featured soloist on a large number of film scores including The Lord of The Rings, Narnia, Apocalyptico. Co-founder of New Music Incubator, he also teaches at The Guildhall School of Music & Drama. Jan is currently undertaking a PhD at University of Kent.

Wesbsite: www.janhendrickse.com


Ali Ibrahim, an orthodontist and PhD student at King’s College London, is interested in aesthetic orthodontics and novel orthodontic bonding techniques.

Dr Sanjukta Deb, Tissue Engineering and Biophotonics at King’s College London Dental Institute. Her research interests include: the development of biomaterials to restore function of traumatized or diseased tissue using innovative analogue materials, which include aesthetic materials in the mouth.

Trevor Coward, maxillofacial surgeon at King’s College London

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