Interactive dance performance.
Echo Room questions the domination of the other and the structure of relationships between men and women. The choreography draws on the dialectics
of the body which is inherited and socially constructed on the one hand, and lived and free to make choices on the other. The uncontrollable is juxtaposed with the controlled and imposes itself like an echo of the past.
Echo Room deals with the simultaneous perception of various states of one given reality embodied in a man-woman relationship through the use of physiological sensors. It questions the relationship between movement, physiology and psychological structures through a danced duo to be experienced by the audience in three spaces. Each space emphasizes either the live dance; the physiological reactions-interactions of the dancers through sound, shape and colour; or the mental space of the dancers through reactive sound and video. This is achieved by treating information collected by sensors attached to the dancers which measure their physiological reactions: muscular tension, breathing, and heartbeat which allows for another real-symbolic-past-future space/time interpretation of the dance that we see unfolding before us.
In the site specific version the audience is invited to circulate in three separate spaces, inside of a given location. In the stage version the audience can experience the three spaces simultaneously either in the house or around the dancers on the stage itself as images and sound are projected on screens suspended on stage and on the walls of the house.
Dancers: Benjamin-Aliot Pagès, Yuko Yamada
Music composer: David Fieffé
Video artist: Guillaume Bautista
Sensors engineering: Julien Marro-Dauzat
Computer programming: Théo de Lahogue
Concept: Anne Holst
Artistic and choreographic directorship: Anne Holst, Jean-Marc Matos
As part of CorpusMedia 2009, euro regional platform ”Digital Performance” and the “Pôle Art-Science-Danse” 2010.
Residency at the National Center for Live Performance Writings, La Chartreuse of Villeneuve-Lès-Avignon, 17-23 April 2010.
Maison Salvan Art et Science, Labège, 19 november 2010
Center for Digital Creation, Le Cube, Issy les Moulineaux, 15 November 2009
Maison Salvan Art et Science, Labège, work in progress, december 2008 (as part of the CorpusMedia 2008 event)
(photos by Raphaël Kann)