These cyberformances explore sound and movement across time and networks, blurring the physical and the virtual, the tangible and the ephemeral. Enter into the temporary, transitory fleeting moment of live performance in cyberspace:
- Die Totezone
- Strings Attached 2: Who’s driving this thing?
- Vibrations in a viral vitality
- Recipes for 2010
These performances will be screened as part of Tempo 10, NZ’s Festival of Dance in Auckland, New Zealand.
Die Totezone (The “Deadzone” or “Deathstrip” in German)
Alexa Wilson (NZ/Germany) and Cat Ruka (NZ).
NZ white girl Alexa Wilson dances as a tourist in the ‘dead zone’ of the former Berlin wall (in between parts of the two former east and west walls). She sells herself and NZ from here whilst living in a continually exploited city. Maori chick Cat Ruka dances in NZ’s ‘Queen’s Chain’ – the contested foreshore between the high and low tide on the beaches of Aotearoa – selling the same things. In honour of the dead and to performatively heal these ‘warlike’ liminal cultural spaces, they combine forces to present an ‘avant-garde tourist video-dance’ of both educational and entertainment proportions.
Strings Attached 2: Who’s driving this thing?
Choreographer/Performer: Cindi L’Abbe, Performers: Jessica Howard, Stephanie Ritchie, Angie Muzzy and Keene State College Dancers all from Keene NH, USA
Strings Attached 2 is an interactive dance performance happening in real-space and UpStage. The UpStage performance features photography by Tim Gurczak of New Hampshire landscapes. The initial theme of the piece is the relationship between location and identity, with a focus on the choreographer’s identity and her “place in the world”. However that initial seed for movement and UpStage backgrounds is a point of departure, as the audience (in UpStage and real-space) gives the dancers verbal feedback that impacts their improvisations. The feedback from both the live and UpStage audiences is shared with the real-space dancers, and the director, who manipulates the UpStage performance based on those same cues.
The piece (as with Strings Attached: An Experiment in Connection, a live performance created by the artist in August 2009 and May 2010) is really about the communication between audiences and performers. The hope is to create a truly interactive experience, one where the audience has a definite and obvious level of influence on the performance outcomes with the resulting event still having a sense of through line and cohesion.
Vibrations in a viral vitality
Apo33/CREALAB Nantes, France – Lead Artist: Jenny Pickett
The idea behind this performance is a development of characters and poetry through a viral tactical media deployment of sound, images and messages to the local Network in Nantes – experimenting in advance of October with the language and animations that such movements, rhythms or vibrations can produce. A call for participants will be sent out in June.
Recipes for 2010
Schaumbad – Freies Atelierhaus Graz (Austria)
Stefan starts his dumpling-machine, producing dumplings endlessly, while the avatars pick up the ball, spinning recipes for cooking and life from the real space into cyberspace. The real space transcends into cyberspace and returns with new recipes for 2010.
Artists: Isabel Espinoza, Vera Hagemann und Christiana Lederhaas (zweite liga für kunst und kultur), Stefan Schmid, Eva Ursprung, Sanja Zdrnja, Sophie Stallegger.