[dance-tech] Boston Cyberarts' Ideas in Motion: The Body's Limit - April 2007

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Boston Cyberarts Festival 2007 Presents
Ideas in Motion: The Body?s Limit
Conference and performances exploring new technologies in dance

Ideas in Motion: The Body?s Limit is a weekend of performances, symposia, and
workshops exploring new technologies in dance. The centerpiece is a two-day
conference that features artists and engineers from the US and Europe.
Additional performances taking place around the Boston area represent a range of
experimental works that cross new media with dance.  Ideas in Motion is a
project of the Boston Cyberarts Festival, and is co-curated by Nell Breyer,
Alissa Cardone, and Dedalus Wainwright. 


Electric Haiku; Calm as Custard by Cathy Weis, a concoction of dance, video, and
sound. Using technology in simple yet ingenious ways, Weis takes physical
movement into new realms, as dancers interact with projected images, and sights
and sounds are amplified to dramatic and comic effect. 
Performances April 28 and 29; family day event April 28, co-presented by the
Institute for Contemporary Art, Boston (ICA)
At the ICA; visit www.icaboston.org for tickets and information.  

Denizen, a world premiere by intermedia performance collaborative Kinodance
Company, a mesmerizing work that spans the boundaries between dance, cinema,
visual art and sound.
Performances May 2 and 3, in collaboration with the Bank of America Celebrity 
At the Tsai Center, BU; visit www.celebrityseries.org for tickets and 

Self Unfinished (1998) and Product of Circumstances (1999), performances and
talks by French-born, Berlin-based choreographer Xavier LeRoy.  Le Roy has
collaborated with world-renowned artists, such as Jerome Bel and Yvonne Rainer
and has presented his work in various settings throughout Europe. He performs
two of his rarely-seen early solo works:  Self Unfinished (1998) at Green Street
Studios on April 22 and Product of Circumstances (1999) at the Center for
Advanced Visual Studies (CAVS) at MIT on April 23.

Ideas in Motion: The Body?s Limit, 2007 
At Green Street Studios, 185 Green Street, Cambridge, April 21-22
Visit www.bostoncyberarts.org for tickets and information

Saturday, April 21

2pm: Johannes Birringer (Germany) Keynote address, exploring current thinking
and interpretations of the theme The Body?s Limit in dance and performance 

3pm: Presentations with demonstrations and video documentation. 
?       Peter Kirn, former Dance Theater Workshop Artist Resource and Media Lab 
Digital ARM) fellow, New York City
?       Barbara Bickart, former DTW Digital ARM fellow, Florida
?       Jamie Jewett, Brown University, Providence, RI
?       Norah Zuniga Shaw, Assistant Professor and Director of Dance and 
Ohio State University

5pm: Q & A

5:30pm: Intermission/Break

7pm:  Evening performances and screening including:
?       Dagger by Clarinda Mac Low, former DTW Digital ARM fellow, New York City
?       "eVokability: The Walking Project", Project Director Sarah Drury
?       Excerpts from Wonderland by Stefanie Nelson Dance Group (NYC) and Nell 
(MIT; former DTW Digital ARM fellow)
?       Tony Rizzi, former lead dancer for William Forsythe, USA/Germany
?       Screening of Shake Off by Hans Beenhakker of the Netherlands, former 
dancer with Wuppertal Tanztheater

9pm: Q & A/Roundtable Discussion

Sunday, April 22

2:30pm: Performance of Self Unfinished (1998) by Xavier Le Roy 

3:30pm: Q & A

3:45pm: Intermission/Break

4pm: Panel Discussion Physical Intelligence
?       Noah Riskin, Physical Intelligence Lab, MIT
?       Tommy DeFrantz, Professor of Dance, MIT
?       Joe Paradiso, Associate Professor, MIT Media Lab
?       Additional panelists TBA

5pm: Q & A

5:15pm:  Wrap-up by Johannes Birringer

Visit www.bostoncyberarts.org for ticket price information and advance ticket

NOTE: Programs and artists subject to change. Additional artists and engineers
may be added, check the website at www.bostoncyberarts.org for most up-to-date

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Ideas in Motion is grateful for the support of the LEF Foundation and the Adams
Arts Program of the Massachusetts Cultural Council.

Cathy Weis?s performances are supported by the Kelly Packowski Multiple
Sclerosis Foundation.

Xavier Le Roy is co-hosted in Cambridge by Ideas in Motion and The Center for
Advanced Visual Studies. Funded in part by FUSED: French U.S. Exchange in Dance,
a program of the National Dance Project/New England Foundation for the Arts and
the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in New York, in collaboration with
FACE (French American Cultural Exchange), with lead funding from Doris Duke
Charitable Foundation, The Florence Gould Foundation, and Mr. George DeSipio. 
Supported in part by the MIT Council for the Arts, and the MIT Theater Arts

Johannes Birringer?s appearance is co-sponsored by the Goethe Institut Boston

* * *

About the Boston Cyberarts Festival

Exhibitions and per¬form¬ances by artists who use computer technology as an
integral part of their work are on display at the fifth Boston Cyberarts
Festival, taking place April 20-May 6, 2007. The Festival, which brings together
visual and performing artists, cultural organizations, educators, and
high-technology professionals, takes place at locations in and around the Boston
area, at selected other locations around New England, and online at

The biennial Boston Cyberarts Festival has become an eagerly-anticipated part of
the Boston-area arts and technology scene since the first event took place in
1999. The Festival is the largest collaboration of arts organizations in New
England and the only Festival in the world that encompasses all art forms,
including both visual and performing arts, film, video, electronic literature,
and public art.  A searchable list of events and exhibitions is available on the
Festival?s website, and is being updated continually as events are added to the

Cyberart encompasses any artistic endeavor in which computer technology is used
to expand artistic possibilities ? that is, where the computer?s unique
capabilities are integral elements of the creative process in the same way that
paint, photographic film, musical instru¬ments, and other materials have always
been used to express an artist?s vision. The Greater Boston area has long had an
international reputation as a center of cyberart, dating back to pioneering work
done by such world-class institutions as WGBH and MIT.

For further information, contact the Festival office at 617.524.8495, email
info@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx, or visit www.bostoncyberarts.org. 

Press Contact: Janet Bailey 617.971.9383 or press@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
Recent news releases and high-resolution photos are available at

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