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I am a choreographer/teacher/dancer originally from Indiana, USA, now living and working in out of Amsterdam. I've worked on many interdisciplinary projects and helped develop a dance technique with Anouk van Dijk of the Netherlands called Counter Technique.
My work is beginning to tour beyond Holland and makes use of contemporary music of the electro acoustic variety and video projection. I've done explorations into Big Eye, and MoCap. But have yet to find my composers interface with Technology.
But hopefully the is a new generation of ideas out here.
I'm a big fan of people who want to take the dance arts deeper, further, wider than the recent tendency, as of late to capitalize on formulas of the historical/folk/pop traditions.
I'm studying Performative Speech Act Theory and Lacanian Psychology. I"m a research fellow at the Danslab, in Den Haag for the coming two years.
I hope I can participate in the network, connect with people about performance theory and compositional conjunctions... and bring the Danslab with me. (We are 5 practicioners from different origin and style what they do is up to them!)
Hello Jack. Good to hear from you. First, on the video. It is just a design/build experiment to control this specific synthesizer for applications in dance [western movement vocabulary] where, as you know, complex rhythmic structures exist due to complex movement structures or vice versa and i use the Raspberry Pi computer to do that and that it pretty much what this video is about. Hence, within this context, it is not "art" by any means but merely serves a means to an end, here the functionality of a tool. So, onto the more important stuff, the greater relationship. You have touched on some intriguing points. First, i am not a mover, however all my work is as an interdisciplinary artist, a musician within the context of dance [Western Movement Vocabulary] and have been involved in every facet of that relationship for quite a number of years now. My website will give you more info on my work- www.manjunan.com. Secondly, i now identify dance as inherently a multidisciplinary art form, hence, traditional "collaborations" are now seen as only situational, with a beginning and an end date, if you will, and most often with no continuity whatsoever in understanding this multidisciplinary identity of dance. Yes, this situational relationship does serve a "performative" purpose, enjoyed by all, which sometimes can be a story/theme or "show and tell" of maybe the real work that is going on, which as you say, that the space for radical in contemporary dance is within? Maybe in understanding the inherently multidisciplinary construct/deconstruct of dance? Yes, I do agree with you wholeheartedly that the post modern movement does suffer from this niche syndrome of regurgitation of old concepts and to compound the problem, the visual art and mainstream music worlds have in the past decade or so discovered multidisciplinary art and hence there is much regurgitation in the dance world of old post modern dance concepts as they are now hip in pop culture. Body Lang, Gesture etc etc are all are new concepts in visual art and music worlds but have been negotiated in Post Modern Dance awhile back. To address the point of your musicians and technology, i would not worry too much about it. They are merely tools in ones creative process, some use them and some dont but unfortunately it is a novelty in pop art, however technology, in any manifestation of its identity has been part of the dance narrative, specifically the post modern dance narrative now for more than fifty years. So to get Choreographers to move on from that purgatory of needing to use technology for relevancy is i think the greatest challenge now.......ramble ramble etc etc ... glad to be provocateur. my email address is email@example.com for continuation if needed. best. Manju.
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