In this long-term, practice-based research and creation project, we are engaging biosensors as a means to question relationships between bodies and technology in performance. The project began with a plan to create an evening-length production for music an dance (still to come), in which the heart rate of each dancer is used to guide the tempo of a corresponding musician in real-time, in correlation with the musical score. As we began to collaborate, we realized that we needed to address some basic but enormous questions that underlie our interdisciplinary methodology with biosensors, such as: What is a body? What does a stream of biodata actually represent?  What types of relationships are we constructing between physiology, movement, and music? How do our own values as artists and individuals colour the design process, implicitly and explicitly?  These questions are at once philosophical, artistic, and technical, and we are approaching them in a number of ways, including: practice-based experiments with dancers and musicians; performances for installation and stage; scholarly research and publications; and the development of biosensor hardware and software specific to our curiosities.  MORE

III: Upcoming Performances @ Tangente Danse

APRIL 27. 28. 29 | 7:30 PM / APRIL 30 | 4 PM

THE WILDER 1435 Rue de Bleury, Montréal, QC H3A 2H7

More Info & Tickets: http://tangentedanse.ca/en/event/virtually-in-the-flesh/

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Photo: Weidong Yang, Dancer: Laura Boudou

In this intermedia and interactive encounter, the theatre is turned inside out. The dancers and musicians perform behind us; it is only by way of mirrors that we piece together moments, as if editing a live film from our own perspective. Gradually, we are offered sensory fragments: the reflection of a torso sweeping past; gentle pulsations in the floor; wandering rhythms in the live instrumentation – provoked by the heartbeat of the dancers.  It is difficult to capture anything or anyone, fully. There is darkness and stillness; there is breath; there is intense physical exertion and exhaustion.  Nothing concludes. Everything assembles and shatters. It shatters like glass, and as we piece the shards back together, unfamiliar forms emerge.

Credits:

Choreographer: Teoma Naccarato
Composer: John MacCallum
Dancers: Laura Boudou, Kim L. Rouchdy, Manuel Shink
Musicians: Anne Bucchi, Ryan Kelly, Liz Lima
Breathers: Lucy Fandel, Abe Mijnheer, Bailey Eng
Photo/Video Documentation: Robert Zbikowski
Lighting Designer: Benoit Larivière

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