Panorama (Excerpts) Recorded November 2008 at the UCBerkeley Pauley Ballroom. Directed by Lisa Wymore and choreography, sound design and visual design by Sheldon B. Smith, the evening honored the cutting edge collaborations and technological explorations that were the hallmark of the Merce Cunningham and John Cage legacy. Inspired by the seminal set of performances that occurred in Nine Evenings: Theater and Engineering (1966), Panorama brought together dance makers, artists, scientists, engineers, roboticists, and digital game makers to create an evening of interactive and technologically alive theater.
Somewhere Performed July 2008 at the Milkbar. This piece was an investigation in "live film." On the table stage right is a small robotic camera that is programmed to essentially edit the piece live. Elements of this work will be folded into our current work-in-progress Apparatus.
sexyback dance (learnt it from Corey Vidal:D) thanks This was recorded in August of 2008 and was created in response to the YouTUbe video "sexyback dance (learnt it from Corey Vidal:D) thanks." We were very curious about the many layers of appropriation, cultural transmission and transformations, etc. that happen between the movements borrowed from many sources by the original version of the Sexyback dance choreographed for "So you think you can dance" by Wade Robson, its re-interpretation in the well intentioned instructional video by Corey Vidal, and then the re-re-interpretation by a lonely girl named Laycee in what appears to be the doorway of her parents bedroom. Our version was created for the SF Westwave Festival which had a specific time-limit of 5 minutes. I think the piece still needs a bunch of work and this version is under-rehearsed, but that is not to say that these performers aren't wonderful-they are, we just ran out of time.
The Reception (excerpts) This was recorded April 2007 at UCBerkeley and is a version of the piece created on students from the Department of Theater, Dance and Performance Studies. The Reception is an investigation of the visual, tactile, kinesthetic and proprioceptive fields found within intersecting virtual and real worlds. The work uses tools from dance choreography and performance with 3D Tele-Immersion technology to explore a re-visioning of cyber culture and corporeal presence.
Stranger (excerpts) This was recorded in March of 2007. Lisa was 6 months pregnant so we had to make a few changes from the original. This piece was created in 2005 and has been performed at several art and technology conferences. People liked it.
Dryland (excerpts) This was recorded December of 2003. This evening length piece was developed through the assistance of an NPN Creation Fund grant. Dryland was inspired by the american Southwest, Edward Abbey, and Lake Michigan. Kathleen Hermesdorf guest stars in the role of the "moth."