Dust: Dance with infrared sensors
Sat, Apr 18
An opera by Robert Ashley choreographer by Megan Bridge
Peter Price’s video design for Dust uses infrared sensors to “see” the dancers as they move about the stage, projecting color fields that change in hue and saturation based on the dancers’ location in space and the intensity of their movement. Before the show on Saturday, April 18, ticket holders are invited to arrive at 7pm to “dance” with our technology and learn about how it works.
The demonstration is included with ticket purchase ($20) and will begin at 7pm. The performance of Dust will begin at 8pm.Buy Tickets
Time expands, shimmers forth and slips away.
Working with the original recording and a cast of five dancers, choreographer Megan Bridge explores the dark, hallucinatory, and the quirky, mundane world of composer Robert Ashley’s opera Dust. The work’s complex rhythms and distinct musicality—despite subject matter that includes war and a drug induced conversation with God—carry a strangely ebullient and humorous tone. Along with a video design that responds in real time to the dancers’ movement, Dust is boldly transformed into a new kind of performance
Robert Ashley was known for the distinctly American voice, language patterns, and structures of his operas. <fidget> cofounders Megan Bridge and Peter Price have created twenty original works of multimedia dance theater. Dust is performed by Megan Bridge, Christina Gesualdi, Beau Hancock, Greg Holt, and Michele Tantoco with video design by Peter Price.
“The way the voices lilt and shake, the words repeat, the pulse ticks, the narrative unwinds and loops back on itself…all these things bring up physical responses in me.” Megan Bridge, choreographer of Dust
“Dancing as attenuated and rarefied as a wisp of smoke.” The Philadelphia Inquirer
View an excerpt of a solo work-in-progress showing of Dust:
*Post-show discussion on Thu, Apr 16
Erin Manning is a dramaturgical collaborator on Dust and a philosopher. She holds a University Research Chair in Relational Art and Philosophy in the Faculty of Fine Arts at Concordia University (Montreal, Canada). She is also the director of the SenseLab, a laboratory that explores the intersections between art practice and philosophy through the matrix of the sensing body in movement.
**Pre-show demonstration on Sat, Apr 18 at 7pm
Dance with infrared sensors
Part of Philly Tech Week 2015 presented by Comcast
Peter Price’s video design for Dust uses infrared sensors to “see” the dancers as they move about the stage, projecting color fields that change in hue and saturation based on the dancers’ location in space and the intensity of their movement. Before the show on Saturday, April 18, ticket holders are invited to arrive at 7pm to dance with our technology and learn about how it works.
Photo by Kevin Monko
$20 / Members save 30%Buy Tickets