[dance-tech] QUARTET - London - February 15-18

  • From: Nick Rothwell <nick@xxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: dance-tech@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Mon, 5 Feb 2007 20:39:32 +0000

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The ICA presents Quartet at the Great Hall at St Bartholomew’s Hospital,
Farringdon, London February 15,16,17,at 7.30 PM. Sunday the 18th at 5pm

Quartet is a dance, music and new-media performance that observes and
articulates communication and perception of the human body. It will
explore and create real-time relationships between  music, the gesture
of playing music, dance, robotics and animation.

The cast of Quartet comprises of a dancer, a musician, a motion
controlled robotic camera, and a 3D virtual dancer. The virtual dancer
will be projected into the performance space whilst the rest of the cast
will perform on individual raised platforms, and an additional
projection will show the real-time view point of the robotic camera. The
performance will take place within a museum space so that in effect each
performer becomes an exhibit through which to discover and contemplate.
The audience of Quartet will be presented with a sensorial experience of
movement and an understanding of the sophistication of human interaction
through technology and performance.

At the core of Quartet is the exploration of how information travels
from one body to another and the translations that occur in the process.
Using interactive technologies a flexible framework will be created in
order to pass information between the performers of Quartet which will
be interpreted through the virtual dancer. The dancer will send
information on movement to the motion control robot camera via sensors
on the dancers body. The dancer will cause the virtual dancer to become
animated via the motion control robot. The musician will also augment
the movement of the virtual dancer through sound and gesture analysis.
There will be no preconceived ideas as to how the virtual dancer should
move, rather Quartet will explore the potential and push the boundaries
of how interaction of different elements can be controlled in unforeseen

Quartet will investigate what degree of realism in the virtual body can
be observed through the live musician’s and dancer's speech, gestures,
sounds and movements, and what aspects make the virtual dancer become
"human" and make the audience aware of this through their own suspension
of disbelief.

The Quartet project is funded by a Sciart Production Award
(2005-2006) from the Wellcome Trust in collaboration with the
Physiological Laboratory, Cambridge University, where Stevie Wishart is
working to implement the biomedical science of hearing in Quartet.

Quartet is co-produced with the Performance & Digital Media
department of the ICA Institute of Contemporary Art, London.

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