A performance/film hybrid.
LIMITS is the Seattle-based performance/film hybrid formed by dancer Corrie Befort and sound artist Jason E Anderson in 2014. The duo draw upon their extensive involvement with improvisation, film, video art, installation and experimental performance to investigate psychological experiences of time, memory and perception. LIMITS live performances disorient, disrupt and reorganize space/context, as a means to engage a fully sensate experience. These ultra-physical, often volatile performances generate scenarios that lead to new, iterative works of film, installation, audio recordings and large-scale performances.
LIMITS has performed for festivals including Debacle, Corridor, Dream Cargo, 2 Day (S1, Portland) and the Yellow Fish Epic Durational Festival. Their debut film A Rendering, shot and edited by Adam Diller, premiered in Winter 2016 at the Northwest Film Forum and was screened for CROSSROADS film festival at SF MOMA. In June 2017, LIMITS developed new work on residency in Fraine, Italy. This work has lead to their new film project The Archivist, which was begun in August 2017.
LIMITS has been supported by the Office of Arts and Culture Seattle, 4Culture, and 10 Degrees.
"Seattle duo LIMITS—Anderson and avant-garde dancer/choreographer Corrie Befort—make every live performance a riveting and baffling onslaught of jarring electronic abstractions and beguiling movement in the service of psychological disorientation."
Dave Segal, The Stranger
Corrie Befort is a Seattle-based dancer, choreographer, designer and filmmaker whose collaborative performance works have been presented and commissioned nationally and in Japan and Belgium. Her primary partnerships are with performance company Salt Horse (Beth Graczyk, Angelina Baldoz), LIMITS (Jason E Anderson), and with composer Tom Baker. Her award-winning dance films have screened in festivals internationally since 2002. Corrie builds movement-inspired, physically-activated visual art and effects, scenography and costuming. Artists she has worked with include Cherdonna/Jody Keuhner, Mark Haim, and artists working with Deborah Hay solos (Shannon Stewart, Mary Margaret Moore).
Jason E Anderson is an artist from Seattle whose work includes performance, recorded works, video, installation, and music for dance. He creates sound using synthesis, acoustic recordings, programming and text. His work emerges from the traditions of experimental music and sound art. Anderson performs and records music under his own name, as Spare Death Icon, in LIMITS with Corrie Befort, and as a member of computer network music collective Mesh Collaborative. He is an active performer, an organizer/producer of performance events in the Pacific Northwest, and he publishes the recorded work of his contemporaries on his experimental music record labels Gift Tapes and DRAFT.
VENUE TBA, Seattle WA
LIMITS_012 H (Hallway, extended mix), a 3-hour performance for Yellow Fish Durational Performance Art Festival
Sept 7, 2014
Seattle University, Seattle WA
LIMITS_002 Consistency for "Dream Cargo, Three Nights of Alternative Listening in the Cisco Morris Biodiversity Garden" presented by New Mystics, Hedreen Gallery & SU with Garek J Druss, Raica & Tiny Vipers
May 31, 2014
Black Lodge, Seattle WA
LIMITS_001 Ambiguity + special guest: Ian Halloran for Debacle Festival
LIMITS is currently working on a new film based on semiotic analysis of narratives from our iterative performances since 2015 called The Archivist in collaboration with filmmaker Adam Diller. The film draws on our capacity to interpret signs/symbols through perceptual facilities. Sense of time, cognitive interaction with text and narrative identifiers and the body’s empathetic response to movement are central to our live work and serve as source material.
LIMITS, in association with filmmaker Adam Diller, premiere A Rendering, a two-part iterative dance film. Sound, space, and movement emerge as characters in a hypnotic, parallel universe that yields unusual psychological and physical states.
November 17 & December 3, 2016 - Seattle Premiere
Northwest Film Forum. Screening was followed by a discussion with LIMITS artists.