[dance-tech] Re: Ukiyo / premiere on June 1

  • From: "Johannes Birringer" <Johannes.Birringer@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <dance-tech@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Tue, 26 May 2009 21:47:06 +0100

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[Moveable World]

dap-lab / dans sans joux

A choreographic installation
fusing dance, sound, design and digital projections

Monday, June 1, 19:oo    Antonin Artaud Building, Brunel University, West 
London (UK)
Entry: free

Conceived and directed by Johannes Birringer, the installation features fashion 
design concepts by Michèle Danjoux with choreography by Katsura Isobe, Helenna 
Ren, Yiorgos Bakalos, Anne-Laure Misme, Rumiko Bessho, Mamen Rivera and Olu 
Taiwo; photography and  digital designs by a group of collaborating artists 
including Paul Verity Smith, Takeshi Kabata, and Yukihito Obara; original music 
with real-time synthesis composed by Oded Ben-Tal, and live music by Caroline 
Wilkins and Kerry Yong, scenography by Johannes Birringer, and lighting design 
by Mamen Rivera. 

UKIYO explores the layers of perceptions in an audiovisual world that 
constantly shifts and fragments; the audience is invited to move in and aound 
the space which in its current version features five hanamichi (runways) and 
several movie screens. Dancers perform simultaneously with digital objects that 
are projected, and their sounds and voices are sampled and processed. The music 
and visual choreography for "Ukiyo"  are designed  for real-time gestural 
interaction to animate the feedback system and generative algorithms through 
with the Second Life virtual space and the performer movements are intertwined. 

Loosely based on several haikus and Christian Kracht's utopian novel on the 
SwissAfrican Soviet Revolution of the early 1900s (Ich werde hier sein im 
Sonnenschein und im Schatten), and developed in online rehearsals with Japanese 
dancers and engineers creating a possible future "world" simulation of the 
cavernous Swiss sanctuary system in the inner Alps (?Réduit"),  UKIYO 
challenges our fantasies and conceptions of past and future virtual worlds.

UKIYO is performed by an international cast of several performers whose work 
developed in online collaboration with digital artists in Tokyo, as part of a 
cross-cultural research venture in virtual environments directed by Birringer 
(Professor of Performance Technologies, DAP-Lab, Brunel School of Arts). 

Website: http://people.brunel.ac.uk/dap/uikyo.html

For further infornation, call + 44  (0)1895 267 343 
Or email:  Johannes.Birringer@xxxxxxxxxxxx

This project is supported by a PMi2/connect British Council research cooperation
Awar; The Japan Foundation, IAPL 2009 conference. Bliss Trust/PRS Foundation, 
and The Centre for Contemporary and Digital Performance at Brunel University

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