Issued Thursday, 15 February 2007
THE STUDIO AT SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE IN ASSOCIATION WITH CHUNKY MOVE PRESENT
"...a tour de force that will live long in the memory." The Australian
“…an astonishing performance, tackling Obarzanek's thrashing, flailing, joint-crunching action like a high-velocity missile, with only occasional respite.” The Age
From 21 to 25 March, The Studio at Sydney Opera House together with Chunky Move present Glow, an illuminating choreographic work by Artistic Director Gideon Obarzanek and German real-time interactive software engineer Frieder Weiss.
Staged on a large computerised floor panel, giving audiences a bird’s eye view from The Studio mezzanine, Glow is interactive performance that explores the various relationships between a moving body and motion graphics. The motion of the human body is used to trigger and control music, lighting and animation, mutating the human form into unfamiliar, sensual and otherworldly states.
Using the latest in interactive technologies, a sophisticated video tracking system controls and generates lighting and graphic images in response to the dancer’s movement and position. Their body’s gestures extend and in turn manipulate the video world that surrounds them.
Collaborators Obarzanek and Weiss first met in 2004 to discuss the use of a data projector for lighting a moving body. The question that Obarzanek posed to Weiss was whether one could illuminate the isolated body of a dance in the dark. The result – a digital environment that varies from being an illustrative extension of the dancers’ movement, a visual expression of internal emotions and a self-contained animated habitat.
Recent recipient of the New York Bessie award for Outstanding Choreography, Gideon Obarzanek has also received a Mo award for best choreography for Bonehead and the Prime Minister’s Young Creative Fellowship in 1996. His choreography ‘with its brutal sometimes violent physicality, its in-yer-face references to popular culture, its cartoony characters and dark, satirical humour… is not so much a breath of fresh air as a gale force wind ripping through contemporary Australian dance.’
Frieder Weiss is a musician and computer engineer for various companies in Germany, including Bosch and Siemens. He is the creator of Eyecon, a system that allows the individual muscle contractions of a dancer's body to control sounds and projections, such as a dancers' heartbeat controlling the tempo of music.
Glow features the music and sound design of dancer / composer Luke Smiles, with light capturing costumes by designer Paula Lewis.
A moving figure within a living painting, Glow is a digital portal into an entrancing other world.
Dates: Wednesday 21 to Friday 23 March @ 6.30pm, 7.30pm & 8.30pm
Saturday 24 & Sunday 25 March @ 3pm, 4pm, 5pm & 6pm
Venue: The Studio
Duration: 26 minutes