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Projection + Light Media Lab

Projection + Light Media Lab
08/11/2014 - 08/22/2014
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Green Street Studios

 M 8/11, F 8/15, M 8/18 + F 8/22 from 6:00 – 9:00
Green Street Studios $80-$120 sliding scale*

Join us in exploring different techniques and methods in utilizing video projection and light and incorporating it (eventually) into dance.   Structured with choreographers and creators in mind, Projection + Light Media Lab was created to facilitate a space and time were we can ‘try things out’ in a supportive environment. Many times projection and light are only thought of or able to be facilitated the week of the show in the theatre. We will provide a 2 hour space to use the equipment (and each other as stand in dancing bodies) to explore how to fully incorporate our ideas through technology and its very many possibilities. Before we start each session there will be a 1 hour mini-tutorial about the equipment/software/hardware that will be used in our exploratory 2 hour session. We will provide a projector, cables, a camera (for live video feed), a computer running Isadora (software), some projection surfaces, and the lighting equipment that is currently in Green Street’s studio theatre. There may be opportunity at the last 2 sessions to bring in your dancers to attempt to incorporate these explorations into your work, but it is not mandatory.

 

Facilitated by Callie Chapman (choreographer and projection artist) + Stephen Petrilli (lighting designer)

* – $5 off for BDA Members

Projects:

I AM HERE NOW
A multimedia dance portrait of the way we live…now

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I AM HERE NOW is a multimedia and movement portrait of the way we live … now. Through series of distraction in our daily lives our focus is taken from one stimulus to another until the silence and darkness is no longer there (or very uncomfortable). I AM HERE NOW uses video projection to aid in the performances’ imagery.

Emerging from the womb, our bodies provide us with less than a blank slate of experiencing life.  We are born with an ‘essence’.  Throughout life we layer, piece by piece and build who surrounds us, how we interact, and what brings us joy and pain.  During this overly complicated current time period of computers, social media, electronic communication and tethering to devices, our attention spans decrease and are constantly overwhelmed by immediacy.  I AM HERE NOW takes it up a notch and invites you as an audience member to be surrounded (literally) by the performance.  Layering your experience by using a black scrim placed in front of the ‘performance area’ and projecting live capture video streams, still images, and textures in a visual and visceral rich environment.  The performance surrounds you as you experience this journey into the breaking point of tolerance.  Merging the two themes of ‘being human’ and ‘being human in this time’, I AM HERE NOW is a self-contained reflection and experience not to be missed.

On Opus Affair’s nomination page Zoe fans share their thoughts:

Boston needs more dance and we especially need more dedicated, innovative, talented dance companies like Zoe Dance. – Melsbells

Zoe dance is producing intelligent and visually stunning work with beautiful use of interesting projection – KBN

Interesting and thoughtful work with an eye towards the future of dance. This sort of thinking should become a staple of the Boston art scene. – MFB

Zoe Dance under the artistic direction of Callie Chapman should be on everyone’s list of events in the dance scene here in Massachusetts. The work has meaningful content, intelligent delivery and is visually beautiful. – DA TDN

Amazing talented dancers and producer! Made me think of all of noise but all of connections… – DastardlyDan

A powerful and emotional performance delivering a unique perspective on life – Demitra

Checkout some rehearsal footage:

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We had fun over the summer and early fall dancing in our favorite places; in front of our favorite dancing spaces and in parks.  We are looking forward to the next engagement, so keep on the lookout!

 

 Rehearsal Videos of Past is Prelude

More to watch from Zoe Dance

Esperanza por el Aqua (work in progress dance for video)
“LEFT” performance at Oberon – January, 2012
Works in Progress

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