[dance-tech] "Touching Gravity 2/Tilt" by Caryn Heilman (LiquidBody MediaDance)

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  • Date: Wed, 22 Oct 2008 15:22:56 -0400

Turbulence Commission: "Touching Gravity 2/Tilt" by Caryn Heilman
(LiquidBody MediaDance),
with music by Nana Simopoulos


Needs Flash player and core duo Mac or PC

"Touching Gravity 2/Tilt" is an interactive, aerial videodance superimposed
on a composited image of two rivers in the towns of North Adams and Adams,
Massachusetts. Part of the "Networked Realities: (Re)Connecting the Adamses"
project, the two New England towns are (re)connected through a colorful,
fluid, multilayered dance that incorporates the movement of the natural
landscape from each town, seen through the "difference" blend mode of the
Flash interface. 

Users can create and save their own versions of the dance by determining the
order and timing of five different clips. Periodically, additional clips
will be added so that both the dance and the user experience may evolve.

Composer and instrumentalist Nana Simopoulos has contributed five tracks to
accompany the five dance clips; each piece is played on a single instrument
representing a different continent. Together, they form a single composition
that is layered over the sounds of the two rivers, providing the listener
with the ability to remix the musical textures. 

"Touching Gravity 2/Tilt" is part of the larger project "Networked
Realities: (Re)Connecting the Adamses" -- a collaboration between Greylock
Arts and Turbulence.org -- that includes four commissioned networked art
works that will all eventually be housed on the commissioned website
www.newadams.es. "Touching Gravity 2/Tilt" will also be part of an
interactive, site-specific series at Topia Arts Center (Adams) that looks at
the idea of tilting angles of perception to reveal new possibilities.

"Touching Gravity 2/Tilt" is a 2008 commission of New Radio and Performing
Arts, Inc., (aka Ether-Ore) for its Turbulence web site. It was made
possible with funding from the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts.
Additional support was provided by Frank and Barbara Peters through the
Medici Circle award at the University of California at Irvine. 


Caryn Heilman danced for the Paul Taylor Dance Company for ten years before
founding her own company, LiquidBody media, movement and dance. With PTDC,
she performed on the world's most prestigious stages and acted as a cultural
ambassador for the United States in India, China, Turkey, Hungary and Japan.
She is featured in the Emmy-nominated documentary film, Dancemaker. With
LiquidBody, performance highlights include Jacob's Pillow, MA; Dixon Place,
NY; amphitheaters in Greece; a spa in Italy; and the Electronic Festival in
Warsaw, Poland. Having received a foundation of choreographic tutelage from
Paul Taylor - a master of American Modern Dance -- Caryn is diving into more
experimental territory, focusing on the fluid systems of the body and
choreographic structures that include audience interaction, multimedia, live
music and aerial dance. Caryn has received scholarships from the American
Dance Festival, Alvin Ailey and is currently on fellowship at the University
of California at Irvine completing her MFA in Dance and Technology. For the
past three years, she served on the Professional Advisory Committee of the
Dance Notation Bureau. LiquidBody's second home is in the Northern
Berkshires in Adams, MA where Caryn is Artistic Director of Topia Arts
Center, a green arts and education center in development.

Nana Simopoulos draws her music's melodic color from the map of world
cultures. She artfully blends sounds and textures from around the world.
Indian sarangi master Ustad Sultan Khan accompanies her on her last two
releases, "After The Moon" and "Daughters Of The Sun" (Na Records), #1 on
the NAV New Age and World radio charts. Nana's first album, "Pandora's
Blues," won critic's choice from DOWNBEAT Magazine. Nana has been
commissioned by numerous dance companies, such as Joffrey Ballet, American
Dance Festival, Ballet Hispanico, North Carolina Dance Theater; and by
former Pilobolus choreographer Peter Pucci. She has also written for film
and theater, including "An Absolute Mystery," which premiered at La Mama,
and "American Dreams, Lost and Found."

Jo-Anne Green, Co-Director
New Radio and Performing Arts, Inc.: http://new-radio.org
New York: 917.548.7780 . Boston: 617.522.3856
Turbulence: http://turbulence.org
Networked_Performance Blog: http://turbulence.org/blog
Networked_Music_Review: http://turbulence.org/networked_music_review
Upgrade! Boston: http://turbulence.org/upgrade 
New American Radio: http://somewhere.org

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