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For immediate release - March 24, 2006
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Boston Cyberarts and NY's Dance Theater Workshop collaborate to present "Ideas in Motion 2006"

Boston, MA — The latest innovations in dance and technology are in the spotlight when artists from New York’s Dance Theater Workshop (DTW) perform some of their newest works in progress at Ideas in Motion 2006. This evening of performance, demonstration, and conversation is being presented by DTW and Boston Cyberarts, and takes place on Saturday, April 22, at Green Street Studios, 185 Green Street, in Cambridge. 

“We are thrilled to be able to introduce these exciting artists to Boston-area audiences,” said George Fifield, Director of Boston Cyberarts. “The DTW artists are really pushing the boundaries of dance, exploring ways to use new technologies in performances.” Ideas in Motion 2006 is intended to provide a link between artists in Boston and New York, and a forum for ideas and experimentation. The program is being organized by Boston Cyberarts associates Nell Breyer, Alissa Cardone, and Dedalus Wainwright.

The program for the evening includes performance/demonstrations of three works in progress, created by participants in DTW’s Digital Artist Resource and Media (ARM) Fellows program:

  • Andrea Haenggi: Choreographer and visual artist Andrea Haenggi and dancer Tori Sparks perform one facet of Haenggi’s work correre I + II. The work incorporates both prerecorded and live video projections to create an ever-changing world, where the dance drives the visual imagery and the imagery drives the dance.

  • Bridgman/Packer Dance: Choreographers and dancers Art Bridgman and Myrna Packer present excerpts from Under the Skin, a visually arresting, densely layered work of live performance and video projection. Live music is provided by Boson-based composer and saxophonist Ken Field, who created the score for this piece.

  • Peter Kirn: Composer and performer Peter Kirn presents excerpts from his project Anatomia: Real-Time Movement Animation, which employs custom systems for translating live movement into sound and three-dimensional imagery.

The performance/demonstrations are followed by a conversation on dance and technology, featuring a panel of the DTW artists. The evening concludes with an informal gathering at Sidney’s at the Hotel @ MIT, where audience members can meet and mingle with the artists and continue the discussions.

Tickets are $20 general admission, $12 for students and members of Boston Dance Alliance. Tickets may be purchased in advance online at bostoncyberarts.org/iim (with Visa or Mastercard), or at the door at Green Street Studios (cash only). Additional information on the performance and the artists is available at bostoncyberarts.org/iim.

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One of this country's pre-eminent performing arts institutions, Dance Theater Workshop remains committed to its mission: to identify and nurture talented emerging and mid-career artists working in diverse cultural contexts; to stimulate a broader audience and public context for these artists and their work; and to offer opportunities for these artists by providing an interactive community laboratory for the imagination and its essential, practical application to the world around us. The Digital Artist Resource and Media (ARM) Fellows Program at DTW provides a nurturing environment for a peer group of artists, researchers, and technologists who explore the hybrid spaces between the performing arts and technology.

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Ideas in Motion, a project of Boston Cyberarts, is intended to advance the Boston area as the logical hub and host city for research, exploration, and celebration of works at the intersection of dance, movement, and technology. Ideas in Motion premiered in 2005 as part of the Boston Cyberarts Festival, an international biennial festival that brings together artists in all media who are using computers to advance traditional artistic disciplines and to create new interactive worlds. The 2007 Festival will take place at museums, galleries, theatres, educational institutions, and public spaces in and around Boston from April 20 to May 6, 2007, and on the Festival’s website at bostoncyberarts.org.

 

At a Glance

What: Ideas in Motion 2006: Performance/demonstrations and conversations on dance and technology
Who: Co-presented by Dance Theater Workshop and Boston Cyberarts
When: Saturday, April 22, 7:00 p.m.
Where: Green Street Studios, 185 Green Street, Cambridge, MA
Post-performance meet-the-artist gathering at
Sidney’s, Hotel @ MIT, 20 Sidney Street, Cambridge
Tickets: $20 general admission; $12 students and members of Boston Dance Alliance.
Purchase online (Visa/MC) at bostoncyberarts.org/iim or in person at Green Street Studios (cash only)
For information: bostoncyberarts.org/iim or email
 



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