Time frame: 5 weeks
Description: This piece is funded as part of Google's Future of Storytelling project. It was a collaborative effort between me and artists from NYU's Dance Dept.. The performance is named "Reach" as it depicts a journey where dancers try to reach the glowing cloud at the start, then the shiny particles on the ground, and eventually coming to a peaceful state of mind after all the volatility from the outside world disappeared.
I discovered a prevalent number of digital performances share a common challenge -- that the audience attention is constantly debating between the dancers and projected graphics. My friend Yachao Zhu(dancer&choreographer) and I started to wonder if incorporating physical installations to a performance can help reconcile the two performing entities. I then proposed this piece in early 2015 and became a grantee of the project. We teamed up with two other dance artists, Berit C Ahlgren and Hongyu Guo, from Tisch School of the Arts.
Key components: Physical Computing(Arduino, Bluetooth), Max MSP, DMX Lighting System, TripleHead, Projection Mapping, Visual Programming(Processing).
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The choreography was a total collaborative efforts. My amazing teammates would come up with beautiful moves after me deciding which part of the piece would have what kind of movements, be them powerful, gentle, meditating or frustrating. We had a lot of discussion on the fly which eventually led to the final choreography.
Since I was the only one in the team who was working on the technical part, the code and installation were still in the making while we have already completed choreography. As showtime was just around the corner, we decided no more waiting for a complete rundown. We went through the whole piece several times with my teammates dancing and me shouting out what visuals and interactions were supposed to happen. I had the sequence written down and it served as my guide when we went live.