Thursday, March 10, 2011

Technology and Dance, Partners in Innovation

Those living in the DC Metro area are in for a treat this week.  Joe's Movement Emporium of Mt. Rainier is hosting Affectations, a piece commissioned by the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Art and created by Laura Schandelmeier & Stephen Clapp of Dance Box Theater.

Affectations combines the technology of controller free gaming with the kinesthetic movement of dance.  "The movements of the dancers trigger a response by the controller and there are different triggers," said Charles Phaneuf, Managing Director of Joe's Movement Emporium.  "A certain kind of action will trigger a specific graphic element. If you turn your arm 90 degrees suddenly, then you can trigger a different kind of graphic."

Put it all together and you have a piece that explores the full range of possibilities.  "The movement is freeform and the idea is that the video
enhances and works with the idea of the piece," said Phaneuf.  "It adds another layer that’s kind of a reflection of what they’re doing
in terms of movement.”

Check it out for yourself on Thu - Sat, Mar 10 - 12 at 8 pm; Sun, Mar 13 at 7 pm; and Thu - Sat, Mar 17 - 19 at 8pm; and Sun, Mar 20 at 7pm.  Details and Tickets 


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