Retreating Sounds is a movement and sound performance for four participants, outdoors, in which the performers retreat away from the audience in matched movements, shifting the focus of the audience’s attention from the performers to the environment.
In the piece, the performers begin by facing each other, with the audience arranged around them in a circle. The performers exchange sounds (specifically, single claps and single sung tones), while retreating away from each other, and from the audience, in measured steps. They retreat until they become inaudible to each other, at which point they slowly begin to return to their starting point. The length of the piece differs depending on the surrounding sounds of the environment where the piece takes place.