The Symphonic Body/UCLA is a live performance event conceived, choreographed and directed by American choreographer, Ann Carlson. In 2015, Carlson was commissioned by the Center for the Art of Performance at UCLA to build The Symphonic Body/UCLA. Carlson spent a year in residence building an orchestral work made entirely of gestures and performed by individuals from across the university campus; from facilities management staff to gymnasts, a vice chancellor to an astronomer, from students to Taiko drummers.
Executive and Artistic Director, Kristy Edmunds introduced Carlson and Lyon, and suggested a collaboration. Lyon was then commissioned by the Center for the Art of Performance to collaborate with Carlson on The Symphonic Body/Stills. These images investigate the space between the photograph as a document of performance and the portrait.