SYMPHONY #2 – Online Participatory Performance Art (2017)

Concept and Performance by Sandro Masai

Performed on the 14th of May 2017 at 15:00 UTC on the international Online Performance Art Festival

SYMPHONY #2 is an experimental performance using the internet as the site-specific for audiences interaction with the performer in real time – an improvisation.

The performer offers his moving body as the musical score for audience interaction in real time. He is the conductor and the audience the symphony. The performer wants to inspire the audience to guess the music and play or sing with it. It is a online performance, so everyone can participate from anywhere in the world to form this symphony like experience.

Hopefully, the sound pieces from each of the participants will find each other somewhere and produce harmony. Maybe the sounds will meet far from the participants, maybe you can listen to your neighbour playing or singing with us, maybe you will record your own participation and share with us online too.


Here you you can find my inspirations and design process for this performance.

For two years, 2004 and 2005, I was a singer in the choir Comunidade Coral Luther King in São Paulo. I was always impressed with the skills and dance of the conductors, and how they could control the music with their dance, not the other way around. Sometimes wish I was the conductor and my dance could control the music. This performance takes me back to those moments, but now I challenge my spectators to imagine the music I am conducting in this performance. I am not playing any specific musical score though, I am interested in catching the spirit of the moment, feeling the moment, improvising and translating emotions into movement.

In order to create this performance, in addition to my memories as a choir singer, I have watched several online videos of music conductors and collected some studies of movements for conducting music. Below you can see some of the images I collected as inspirations.

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