EJM 1: MAN WALKING AT ORDINARY SPEED EJM 2: INERTIA

Multi-media dance piece

Premiered in Lyon, France

1998

The two-part multi-media dance work in collaboration with Charleroi/Danses and the Ballet Opera of Lyon is inspired by motion photography experiments of two photographer-scientists, Eadweard J. Muybridge and Etienne-Jules Marey. While photography was understood as an instrument of “truth” through the 20th C, the age of digitization brought doubt. Both EJM1 and EJM2 use digital media in the service of both truth and deception, working with both live stage action and multiple forms of mediation. The stage is transformed into a production studio composed of a large projection screen suspended from an inclined gantry and a live camera on a roving boom arm controlled by a stage operator. Live imagery is interspersed with pre-recorded sources. The screen slowly travels downstage compressing the physical space of performance, ultimately sweeping the stage clean of performers. The dancers are progressively obscured by the screen and replaced by their live and recorded video counterparts. Stage and screen are in fluid exchange.

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