Dancing at the Edge of the World
... a piece of post-dramatic dance-theatre, a physical poem, a ballad of bodies and machines....
“Dancing at the Edge of the World” is a piece of post-dramatic dance-theatre, a physical poem, a ballad of bodies and machines.
Drawing upon body-based practices promoted by Grotowski’s theatre laboratory and Haraway’s feminist theory we shift the focus for AI-design and knowledge production, by rooting it in the experience of the body.
// Poetic Machines //
Featuring in this project, and developed in collaboration with Mika Satomi, is a capture wearable technology, a collar, with bend sensors that can be attached to 8 points on the body.
A speaker sits on the front of the collar, emitting sounds that can react to the position of the sensors - on how the performer moves their body.
In 2020 I became an artistic partner of REPLICA, collaborating internationally on a speculative performance.
The journey began as a digital devising process, over video conferencing, followed by physical rehearsals in EDEN studios and a residency space with Berlin Open Lab.
Movement data, harvested from the bodies of the performers in real-time is translated to sonified cues and becomes entangled with the performance scores – voice and movement.
The performers’ bodies are generating traces in space, a living cartography of their capabilities and limitations.
The technology becomes a medium for interconnecting, as well as for interrogating the embodied agencies engaged in a polyphony of exchanges and interactions.
// About REPLICA //
Headed by Diana Neranti, REPLICA is an interdisciplinary performance collective and laboratory for embodied experimentation with digital tools, new media and speculative design.
Envisioning the dance-theatre of tomorrow — playful, subversive, interactive, underpinned by new emergent cultures and social change — REPLICA explore how technologies permeate the collective unconscious to generate new aesthetic codes.
A work-in-progress performance will be shared in an online event organised in collaboration with Hybrid Platform
Hybrid Performance: “Dancing at the Edge of the World”
Thursday, 18th of March 2021 , 18:00 pm
Images courtesy of REPLICA and photographer Miriam Woodburn.
Information about the team:
Performance | REPLICA & Friends
Diana Serbanescu alias Neranti | artistic direction, dramaturgy
Kirsty May Hamilton | dramaturgy, performance
Dimitri Cacouris | staging, performance
Joana Chicau | choreographic design
Kate Ryan | performance
Saraï O'gara | performance
Angela Monaco | performance
Emma Collauzzo | project assistance
Mika Satomi | costume and interaction design, ML
Meredith Thomas | data visualisation, ML sound design
Johannes Helberger | creative direction
Lugh O'Neill | creative coding