Join CounterPulse for a double bill evening featuring works by our 2017 Combustible Residency artists.
The Combustible Residency is CounterPulse's brand-new residency program pushing forward new works synthesizing body-based arts and new technology. The creative duos, Freya Björg Olafson with Yagiz Mungan, and Kinetech Arts (Daiane Lopes da Silva and Weidong Yang), have created bold new performances that antagonize and rediscover the corporeal body using virtual reality technology and data visualization.
About MÆ – Motion Aftereffect
Freya Olafson, a radically interdisciplinary artist who synthesizes a classical dance training with a critical and bold use of new media, has teamed up with Yagiz Mungan, an interdisciplinary artist and developer creating at the intersection of interaction, VR/AR, and virtual worlds. Performed by Freya Olafson, MÆ – Motion Aftereffect intends to reveal how virtual reality technology can destabilize the meaning(s) of the corporeal body. The project engages with ready-made content from the Internet: motion capture libraries, 3D models and monologues of individuals recounting their experiences with VR in live gameplay, explorative worlds and VR porn. The MÆ project catalyzes conversations about contemporary culture and performance while imagining society’s future with advances in VR technologies.
Kinetech Arts’ new work, MESH, juxtaposes old and new technologies to tell the story of personal struggle against a life-threatening illness. A medical device – a mask made of mesh – holds the dancers’ suffering and fear, but also their hope and resilience. The mesh restricts the dancers, but it cannot restrict their imagination, their love, or their spirit, expressed through the movements of their bodies. Their spirit is refracted by a painter who uses their bodies as a canvas on which to paint a digital landscape that augments their inner states.
During the performance, a virtual body is created for the dancer through motion data captured live. The dancers’ physical and virtual bodies communicate with each other, reveal and share emotions, and at times deal with a handicapped body.
Navigating through these juxtapositions, dancers explore their fears, fall and catch each other, and deal with conflicting feelings. They find strength in their physical and emotional limitations while constantly supporting one another.
Choreographed by Daiane Lopes da Silva with technical direction by Weidong Yang. With collaborators including art direction by Jiayi Young, dancers Maria Sotnikova and Hien Huynh, technical assistance from Shih-Wen Michael Young, Travis Bennett, and Raymond Larrett, and music by Ben Juodvalkis.
Tickets available at counterpulse.org and at the door, night of show, as available. Tickets are priced at a sliding scale of $20-$35 and Friday nights are pay-what-you-can, reservable online.
Post-show discussion with the artists on Thursday, Sept 14, hosted by CounterPulse Artistic Director, Julie Phelps.
And come early on opening night, Thursday, Sept 7, for our Won’t You Be Our Neighbor Mixer, 5:30pm-7:30pm.
Concessions for Combustible Residency 2017 are sponsored by Fort Point Beer Company and House Kombucha!
[Cover photo of Freya Olafson by Josh Dookhie]