I have decided to use dancers in my piece because I want to show how bodies of people move through time - the individual experience of being within a collective experience of being on a train. I also want to create a sense of distance and elusion to the piece. The idea that the characters within it are just as impermanent as the video projecting onto the sheets, appearing as forms as opposed to actual distinguishable individuals.
In terms of phenomenology I want to enhance the idea of dance having a contributing force and ephemerality to the flow of the train, in its own independent rhythm. I would like the movement element to represent the shift in our perception of time when we're travelling - the simultaneous portrayal of being in the past and the future.
I have looked at Kara Walker's use of silhouettes in her early works. She has portrayed stills of silhouettes on white walls to form a fixed stereotype of people to make a political statement. In this same sense I want dancers' commonality in appearance to link their movements to portray them in the same environment and the same experience. The use of the figure in a silhouette makes the audience question how the figures relate to each other. It also gives them an anonymity and ambiguity that allows the audience to focus on their action and outlines of their bodies as 2D layers on the film.