BIRDVILLE

performance, 40 min, 2014

SYNOPSIS

Birdville oscillates between super-power and fragility. This unearthly city is populated by hybridised beings with augmented bodies, living in a virtual world created and organised independently of their own desires.

CONCEPT

Our body is a constantly evolving archive, that still presents mysteries in efficiency and perishability. It’s probably the most technological thing we’ve ever known. With each step we take, we take part in building the universe. Every time we move, we change the world. As we begin to understand these processes, we realize that we are being danced as part of an organization of activities that we do not author. 

Birdville is a software based performance, designed on three types of interactivity: movement, sound and light. Although the parameters are predefined the performance is in a constant change because of the involuntary or voluntary fluctuations in the performers’ interpretation and the infinite forms in which the animation can develop. The soundtrack is live created with the help of a looping station, manipulated by the performers themselves.

TEAM

Choreographer Simona Deaconescu

Dancers Razvan Stoian/Cristian Hariga, Denis Bolborea, Galea Bobeicu, Mira Cook/Alexandra Balasoiu, Clement Mensah/Dragos Istvan Rosu

Multimedia & Interactive Platforms KOTKI Visuals

Sound Design Denis Bolborea

SHOWCASES

Premiere date: 7 & 8 October 2014 in eXplore dance festival #9 @WASP-Working Art Space and Production.

Also presented @ Internetics Festival in Bucharest, Deep Space (Ars Electronica, Linz) and Art Dialogues Festival in Istanbul, toured in Cluj-Napoca, Timisoara, Brasov and Craiova.

PRODUCERS & SPONSORS

Co-producers Tangaj Dance, 4Culture, Life Long Burning, WASP – Working Art Space and Production, Battery Dance Company New York

Birdville was partially created during an artistic residency at Battery Dance Studios New York.

“Birdville” is part of the cultural project “Room 0002_Dance to Kinect”, co-financed by the Administration of the National Cultural Fund and The Cultural Center of Bucharest Municipality and supported by The United States Embassy in Bucharest. 

The technological elements are a tool, a sixth sense of the compositional technique used, not a purpose by all means.

Ana Banu, ideaslab.ro