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For immediate release - March 26, 2007
Press Contact: J. M. Bailey (617) 971-9383

Ideas in Motion: The Body's Limit

Conference and performances exploring new technologies in dance

Ideas in Motion: The Body’s Limit is a weekend of performances, symposia, and workshops exploring new technologies in dance. The centerpiece is a two-day conference that features artists and engineers from the US and Europe. Additional performances taking place around the Boston area represent a range of experimental works that cross new media with dance. Ideas in Motion is a project of the Boston Cyberarts Festival, and is co-curated by Nell Breyer, Alissa Cardone, and Dedalus Wainwright.

Conference: Talks and Performances

At Green Street Studios, 185 Green Street, Cambridge, April 21-22
Visit www.bostoncyberarts.org for tickets and information

Saturday, April 21

2pm: Johannes Birringer (Germany) Keynote address, exploring current thinking and interpretations of the theme The Body’s Limit in dance and performance today.

3pm: Presentations with demonstrations and video documentation.

  • Peter Kirn, former Dance Theater Workshop Artist Resource and Media Lab (DTW Digital ARM) fellow (New York)
  • Barbara Bickart, former DTW Digital ARM fellow (New York)
  • Jamie Jewett, Brown University
  • Norah Zuniga Shaw, Assistant Professor and Director of Dance and Technology, Ohio State University

5pm: Q&A

5:30pm: Intermission/Break

7pm: Evening performances and screening including:

  • Dagger by Clarinda Mac Low, former DTW Digital ARM fellow (New York)
  • Excerpts from Wonderland by Stefanie Nelson Dance Group (New York) and Nell Breyer (MIT; former DTW Digital ARM fellow)
  • eVokability: The Walking Project by Sarah Drury, Temple University
  • Every Body Tells a Story by Tony Rizzi, former lead dancer for William Forsythe (USA/Germany)
  • Screening of Shake Off by Hans Beenhakker, former lead dancer with Wuppertal Tanztheater (Netherlands)

9pm: Q&A/Roundtable Discussion

Sunday, April 22

11am: Let’s Take a Seat, performance by Swiss dancer/choreographer Andrea Haenggi and her company AMDaT. At SHARE Consulate of Switzerland, 420 Broadway, Cambridge. (Reserve by email to takeaseat@bostoncyberarts.org)

2pm: Performance of Self Unfinished (1998) by Xavier Le Roy (see below)

3pm: Q & A

3:45pm: Intermission/Break

4pm: Panel Discussion Physical Intelligence

  • Noah Riskin, Physical Intelligence Lab, MIT
  • Mia Keinanen, Lecturer of New Dance, MIT
  • Thomas F. DeFrantz, Associate Professor, Music and Theater Arts, MIT
  • Joe Paradiso, Associate Professor, MIT Media Lab
  • Hayes Raffle, Research Assistant, Tangible Media Group, MIT Media Lab

5pm: Q & A

5:15pm: Wrap-up by Johannes Birringer

Visit www.bostoncyberarts.org for ticket price information and advance ticket purchase.

Public Art

Lumen Eclipse, a public motion art gallery in the heart of Harvard Square, will present a continuous loop of Shake Off and Time Steps by Hans Beenhakker.  Apr 21-22.

Performances

Self Unfinished (1998) and Product of Circumstances (1999), performances and talks by French-born, Berlin-based choreographer Xavier LeRoy. Le Roy has collaborated with world-renowned artists and presented his work in various settings throughout Europe. He performs two of his rarely-seen early solo works: Self Unfinished (1998) at Green Street Studios on April 22, and Product of Circumstances (1999) at MIT’s Simmons Hall on April 23.

Electric Haiku; Calm as Custard by Cathy Weis, a concoction of dance, video, and sound. Using technology in simple yet ingenious ways, Weis takes physical movement into new realms, as dancers interact with projected images, and sights and sounds are amplified to dramatic and comic effect.
Performances April 28 and 29; family day event April 28, co-presented by the Institute for Contemporary Art, Boston (ICA). At the ICA; visit www.icaboston.org for tickets and information.

Denizen , a world premiere by intermedia performance collaborative Kinodance Company, a mesmerizing work that spans the boundaries between dance, cinema, visual art and sound.
Performances May 2 and 3, in collaboration with the Bank of America Celebrity Series. At the Tsai Center, BU; visit www.celebrityseries.org for tickets and information.

NOTE: Programs and artists subject to change. Additional artists and engineers may be added, check the website at www.bostoncyberarts.org for most up-to-date information

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Ideas in Motion is grateful for the support of the LEF Foundation and the Adams Arts Program of the Massachusetts Cultural Council.

Johannes Birringer’s appearance is co-sponsored by the Goethe-Institut Boston.

Hans Beenhakker’s appearance is co-sponsored by the Consulate General of The Netherlands, New York

Andrea Haenggi/AMDaT’s performance is funded in part by AMDaT, with special thanks to SHARE Consulate General of Switzerland

Cathy Weis’s performances are supported by the Kelly Packowski Multiple Sclerosis Foundation.

Xavier Le Roy is co-hosted in Cambridge by Ideas in Motion and The Center for Advanced Visual Studies. Funded in part by FUSED: French U.S. Exchange in Dance, a program of the National Dance Project/New England Foundation for the Arts and the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in New York, in collaboration with FACE (French American Cultural Exchange), with lead funding from Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, The Florence Gould Foundation, and Mr. George DeSipio. Supported in part by the MIT Council for the Arts, and the MIT Theater Arts Department.

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About the Boston Cyberarts Festival

Exhibitions and per­form­ances by artists who use computer technology as an integral part of their work are on display at the fifth Boston Cyberarts Festival, taking place April 20-May 6, 2007. The Festival, which brings together visual and performing artists, cultural organizations, educators, and high-technology professionals, takes place at locations in and around the Boston area, at selected other locations around New England, and online at www.bostoncyberarts.org. A searchable list of events and exhibitions is available on the Festival’s website, and is being updated continually as events are added to the roster.

The biennial Boston Cyberarts Festival has become an eagerly-anticipated part of the Boston-area arts and technology scene since the first event took place in 1999. The Festival is the largest collaboration of arts organizations in New England and the only Festival in the world that encompasses all art forms, including both visual and performing arts, film, video, electronic literature, and public art. Boston Cyberarts is the recipient of the 2007 Commonwealth Award, given by the Massachusetts Cultural Council.

Cyberart encompasses any artistic endeavor in which computer technology is used to expand artistic possibilities — that is, where the computer’s unique capabilities are integral elements of the creative process in the same way that paint, photographic film, musical instru­ments, and other materials have always been used to express an artist’s vision. The Greater Boston area has long had an international reputation as a center of cyberart, dating back to pioneering work done by such world-class institutions as WGBH and MIT.

For further information, contact the Festival office at 617.524.8495, email info@bostoncyberarts.org, or visit www.bostoncyberarts.org.

Press Contact: Janet Bailey 617.971.9383 or press@bostoncyberarts.org

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