Inevitably when different cultures meet and attempt to occupy the same space confrontation is set in train. This sequence functions as a metaphor for the way people respond when what they regard as their terrain, their ‘lebensraum’, their culture, is threatened. Ways of attack and defense are explored. Sounds of dissonance by the brass players exacerbate the discomfort.
The yellows encounter the browns, invading their space disrupting their unity. The browns undermine the yellows’ attempt to penetrate their space tripping the yellows off balance till they fall.
The blues’ form of attack and defense is to cling onto those who take their space. They swallow the yellows, absorbing them into their frozen friezes.
The reds tower over the blues, pushing them down, jumping over their backs and dispersing their cohesion.
The greens entangle the reds one on one then entangle them all, rooting them to the spot, till the reds explode out and disperse.
When all these confrontations coincide the cohesion of each group evaporates. Disorientated, an ‘each man for himself’ attitude develops and the seeds of war are sewn.