Research on Dance

To start my research on dance, I meet a dance teacher: Martina Tavella.

She is a Contemporary Dance tutor, graduated from the National Academy of Dance in Rome.

She introduced me to the works of Merce Cunningham, an American dancer and choreographer.

He was a great innovator of the modern dance. He introduced the concept that dancers should move in a stochastic way. That means that the dance and the music should not be coordinated. The dancers should move freely on the stage at 360° by following their own rhythm.

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Merce Cunningham: Pond Way

Martina also told me about Klaus Obermaier. He is an Austrian dancer who combines Contemporary Dance to Digital Effects. He experimented a lot with projectors, creating effects that overlap with the dancers, like in one of his projects called “Apparition”. In another project called “Le Sacre du Printemps”, he digitally augmented the dancer’s body to create new dance movements impossible to accomplish for a human being.

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Apparition – Klaus Obermaier & Ars Electronica Futurelab
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Le Sacre du Printemps – Klaus Obermaier & Ars Electronica Futurelab

Martina also collaborated with Obermaier in creating a project called “face IT”, an interactive installation where a projector was pointing a big face on the wall of a building. The face expression was changing every time someone was making any movement in front of it.

 

I learned that there is already a lot of professionals behind dance that are experimenting to create always a new way of expressing themselves through moving their body. This is exciting and I cannot wait to learn more about this.

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