Join us for an all-day symposium including live dance, scholarship, and discussion of what constitutes dance "avant-garde(s)" across nations in the 20th-21st centuries
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KEYNOTE SPEAKERS and ARTISTS include:
ALEXANDER WHITLEY and dancers
LYNN GARAFOLA (COLUMBIA U)
JANE PRITCHARD (V&A)
10-12.45 Welcome followed by Liam Francis' open sharing - Researching Choreographic Common Denominators. Continuous Open Sharing with Q&A
1.15-2.00 Keynote: Jane Pritchard, Nijinska’s Les Noces
2.05-2.50 Deirdre Chapman and Dancers demo/workshop of Les Noces choreography
3.00-3.30 Marcus Bell on Rites of Spring
3.30-4.00 Meindert Peters on Kafka and Arthur Pita
4.00-4.30 Hélène Neveu Kringelbach, Avant-garde dance in Senegal
4.30-5.00 Tea Break
5.00-6.00 Book launch Lynn Garafola, La Nijinska: Choreographer of the Modern, with Judith Mackrell
6.10-7.15 Keynote: Alexander Whitley, Future Rites? With Dancers, followed by discussion
ROOFTOP SUITE (Drop in any time 1.00-6.00pm )
Showing of Future Rites prototype by Alexander Whitley Dance Company
Free and open to all, booking essential.
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Tea/coffee/lunch available (pay what you can). Booking for symposium dinner to follow.
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Choreographer Alexander Whitley will present a work-in-progress of his virtual reality (VR) performance experience, Future Rites.
Bringing Stravinsky’s seminal ballet The Rite of Spring into VR for the first time, Future Rites combines live motion-capture and real-time animation to create an immersive performance experience that uses the best of live contemporary dance, CGI, and VR technologies.
The experience invites viewers to play an active part alongside a cast of professionals to create a large-scale dance performance. Wearing a VR headset, viewers are transported to a digital landscape where a dancer is transformed into nature-inspired characters and multiplied into larger groups. Within a shared physical space dancers and users are able to interact with each other, guiding key sections of the narrative, in a truly original and fresh take on this classic, much revered production.
Alexander Whitley Dance Company recently presented Future Rites at the festival South by South West, in Austin, Texas earlier this year.
"It’s a real mind-bender: the participant is thrown into the ballet’s themes of ritual, nature and sacrifice while still being, to an extent, still in the physical realm. It is a highlight at SXSW 2022’s XR Experience" The Times
“We’re excited to be bringing this production into VR for the first time and exploring new ways for audiences to experience a classic work of art. We want to combine the immediacy of live performance with the power of immersive technology to create a richly embodied and interactive spectacle which breathes new life into Stravinsky’s masterpiece.” Alexander Whitley
FUTURE RITES from Alexander Whitley on Vimeo.