Company 605’s DanceLab proposal is a collaboration between filmmaker Brian Johnson and multiple dance artists, who will experiment with building movement and choreography filtered through a filmic creation processes, but intended to be performed and experienced within a live context – with dancers attempting to replicate and embody the inhuman processes and digital effects typically only possible with the use of camera and editing techniques seen in video. Responding to the impossible task of physicalizing these digitally altered images and movements in real time, the artists aim to uncover unnatural and re-sequenced iterations of their action, with uncomfortable speeds, extreme qualitative shifts and bizarrely broken momentum, re-imagining their dance through a “digital body”, and replacing their original human movement with something other.
As a live sharing of this research is not possible at this time, the artists will be presenting video samples from different stages of rehearsals during an open discussion about their process and findings.
Please note that latecomers will not be admitted after the event has started.
This proposal was built around two main questions:
1) Can we use the capacity and technicalities of film and video as a way to imagine, find and create new movement ideas for live real-time performing bodies?
2) Can we change the viewers perception of movement in performance through imposing/integrating a process from a different medium?
Photos/video stills: Brian Johnson
Creative Direction: Company 605
Film Direction: Brian Johnson
Choreography and Performance: Kate Franklin, Jamie Robinson, Zahra Shahab, Antonio Somera, Jessica Wilkie
Choreographic Editing and Reconstruction: Brian Johnson and Josh Martin
Supported through The Dance Centre’s DanceLab interdisciplinary research program