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Johannes Birringer is a choreographer and artistic director of AlienNation Co (, an independent arts ensemble based in Houston, TX. He is also co-founder of a telematic performance collective (ADaPT) and has explored telepresence in performances with partners in different places. He has directed numerous multimedia theatre, dance, and digital performances in Europe, the Americas, Japan, China and Australia; collaborated on site-specific installations, and exhibited work at film and video festivals. He now resides in Houston and London.

He's author of Theatre, Theory, Postmodernism (1989), Media and Performance (1998), Performance on the Edge (2000), Performance, Technology and Science (2009), and co-ediitor of Dance and Cognition (2012), Dance and Choreomania (2011), and Manfesto of Interaction Art (2014). In 2003 he founded the Interaktionslabor ( - an interactive media lab in a former coal mine in southwest Germany which has met every July since 2003 and conducts international workshops and labs.

Since 2004 Johannes has been developing a research group in England where he co-directs the Design-and-Performance Lab (DAP-Lab,with Michèle Danjoux, at Brunel University; he moves between Houston and London and is Professor of Performance Technologies & head of the Center for Contemporary and Digital Performance.
The DAP lab is an ensemble of artists and researchers (arts and science), and the lab also has a performing company that operates either as the LAB or as a label, dans sans joux for performances, exhibitions and new collections.

Its recent development of a new collection of audiophonic choreographic wearables is entitled UKIYO [Moveable Worlds], now continued with a new production phase (2011-13) titled "for the time being." The first version of the new choreosonic work "for the time being was premiered in London in May 2012. An extended operatic version of "for the time being"[Victory over the Sun] premiered at Sadlers Wells, London, in April 2014.

Another recent work, Suna no Onna, created collaboratively with the Dap-Lab group and produced by Dans Sans Joux, premiered at London's Laban Centre as part of the Intimacy: Across Visceral and Digital Performance Festival, Goldsmiths University of London (2007); it was restaged at Watermans Art Center in 2008. A book on this festival, Intimacy: Across Visceral and Digital Performance, appeared in 2012. The chapter "Bodies of Color" describes the workshop Johannes conducted with Michèle Danjoux at 'Intimacy.' Another essay, coauthored with Michèle Danjoux, appeared in "Leonardo" detailing the design in motion concepts for "Ukiyo."
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Posted on November 25, 2007 at 9:00am 0 Comments

In the FORUM discussion on dance & technology and control I mentioned that i would like to re-visit a dance work i saw last week. in the blog ar large, cited here, the specific report is written on November 21: M o v e m e n t A.

"Movement A" = premiere of ‘dance in audio-visual environment’ by Ulf… Continue

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At 7:16am on August 31, 2009, Mike Baker said…
Hi Johannes, just a note to say I have replied to your post, which I very much appreciated. I presented a paper at this year`s PSI conference through my avatar Rollo Kohime from my Second Life railway station - found the whole event quite interesting from this removed platform. I have also just presented my work to my peers and supervisors two weeks ago in Auckland at our week-long conference there and met a wonderful dancer, Brent Harris, who ironically watched my paper presentation in Zagreb at the PSI conference. The synchronicity of 'intimate distance'!

Looking forward to liaising,

Best, Mike
At 12:08am on October 2, 2008, hellen sky said…
hope to see you in dresden then .. and yes a new project that is taking a long time to make.. fund .. research.. write... one of ticket options if i get airfare grant takes me through london. so let hope we get to speak more at length in dresden there is some info on the project at myoldnew website
At 12:07am on October 2, 2008, hellen sky said…
there is some info on the project on my old new website
hope to see you in at cynet and speak more then. will see , one of flight options if i get some funding passes through london so something might be possible .. it would be good to see your new facilities and see how things are shaping there bw hellen
At 1:38am on October 1, 2008, hellen sky said…
hi johannes, I hope to make it to dresden, thomas and ghislaine have invited me and yesterday I put in an application that might help cover cost of air fare
i will hear soon. which will not leave a lot of time to book ticket. so yes I hope to see you there, and would love to be visiting london. I have been busy of course, researching the system and the multi verses of performance elements for Darker Edge of Night. a showing in August and now to try and get it up into final stage production. Flynn is taller than me, remembers you well from ruth and brunos, and is in his first year at high school. I hope we do get to meet as emails and comments fill small gaps in the space of time bwh
At 6:33pm on July 27, 2008, Johannes Birringer said…
a n n o u n c e m e n t (see photo gallery)

Corpo, Carne e Espírito (world premiere)

Teatro Klauss Vianna/Oi Futuro
27/06 – 19h 28/06 – 17h 29/06 – 20h

The digital oratorio Corpo, Carne e Espírito (Body, Flesh and Spirit), created by Johannes Birringer (digital choreography) and Paulo C. Chagas (music), premieres at the 9th International Theatre Festival of Belo Horizonte (Brasil) on June 27-29, 2008, featuring an ensemble of musicians and vocalists, and a triptych of film projections and animations inspired by the figural paintings of Francis Bacon. The work investigates the invisible forces of the human body in the contexts of new music composition (electronic and acoustic), interactive technology, and immersive environments.

The music for this audiovisual work was composed by Paulo C. Chagas, inspired by the paintings of bodily deformations and anamorphoses in Bacon's oeuvre. It features three voices (soprano, counter-tenor, baritone), string quartet, percussion and electronic sounds that are integrated in the visual and performance environment designed by Johannes Birringer. The oratorio is conducted by Mr Chagas; live programming of the image movements, projected onto a curved triptych of screens upstage behind the musicians, is performed by Mr. Birringer.

The compositional plan for this performance of Corpo, Carne e Espírito was developed at the International Interaktionslabor, the annual media lab directed by Birringer in Göttelborn, Germany, since 2003 ( During their residency at FIT Theatre Festival, Mr Birringer and Mr Chagas will conduct workshops in composition and digital performance. The oratorio will tour European venues in 2009.

Concept & artistic direction: Johannes Birringer & Paulo C. Chagas
Visual Composition : Johannes Birringer
Music: Paulo C. Chagas
Musicians: Cleusa Sana – viola, Eri Lou Nogueira - 2º violin, Frank Hammer - 1º violin, Pedro Bielschowsky – violoncello, Sergio Aluotto – percussion, Mônica Pedrosa – soprano, Eladio Pérez-González – barítone, Sérgio Anders - counter-tenor
Scenography and live programming of interactuve digital images: Johannes Birringer
Actors on Film: Yiorgos Bakalos, Danielle Black, Michèle Danjoux, Nilüfer Ovalioglu, Johannes Birringer
Musical direction and conductor: Paulo C. Chagas

The 9th International Theatre Festival of Belo Horizonte is the largest edition since the Festival's foundation in 1994. It is promoted by the City Hall of Belo Horizonte, along with FLAMA (Artistic Education Foundation), and sponsored by Petrobras, CEMIG, OI, USIMINAS, and the cultural support of Funarte, Casa do Conde, Oi Futuro, Usicultura, and Federal and State of Minas Gerais agencies to stimulate culture. The Festival opens on June 26 with a concert by Antonio Nobrega, and runs from June 26th to July 6th, featuring 34 performances, 18 on stage, 9 on alternative spaces, and 7 on the street, including an itinerant performance. There will also be several interventions by Puppet Theatre groups. Among the festival attractions, there are 17 international groups, 6 Brazilian groups and 9 groups from Belo Horizonte.


Festival Internacional de Teatro Palco & Rua – FIT-BH / 2008
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At 5:12am on June 12, 2008, Julie N. Cruse said…
Dear Johannes,

I would like to invite you to the VICKI Online Symposium, but don't know your email address. Please visit the group I have created here to check out the description and request an invite if you are interested. Thanks for your time and looking forward to hearing from you - p.s.: did you know you are writing on your own wall in response to others? you have to click on the photo to write back on their wall (so they know you resonded). :-)

At 11:09pm on April 29, 2008, BRISA MP said…
At 4:26pm on April 15, 2008, Marlon Barrios Solano said…
Hola from NYC
At 4:27pm on March 17, 2008, Johannes Birringer said…
dear Yukihiko, --
yes, sure, go ahead. thanks for creating the group.

you will be pleased to hear that our last concert (Friday night) of showing Suna no Onna was very wonderful, i think the piece has grown and improved, and we felt it was visually so much stronger, as were the performances and the lighting/colors. We are all quite pleased. see our gallery:

with regards
At 8:57am on March 16, 2008, Yukihiko YOSHIDA said…
Dear Johannes,

I made group for the project, "Suna No onna".

Please permit me to use your image to the top page of group page in

--Yukihiko Yoshida

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