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Introducing A Performer’s Perspective: An Interactive Online Documentary

October 17, 2017
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The recently released “A Performer’s Perspective” invites viewers to interpret dance choreography from multiple viewpoints by presenting dancers’ movement and reflections of their performance through digital visualizations, animations, sound recordings, and videos.

The overall goal of the project, which has been in development since 2015, is to translate and extend one’s perceptions of dance movement while exploring how digital technology interaction can be utilized to better communicate bodily knowledge to a broad audience. Specifically, the documentary transmits the perspectives of three dancers: Vanessa Goodman, Bevin Poole and Antonio Somera in THE FINE LINE ~ twisted angels, choreographed by Judith Garay, Associate Professor at the School for the Contemporary Arts. Shannon Cuykendall, a PhD candidate at the School of Interactive Arts + Technology at Simon Fraser University (SFU), led the creation of the website and collaborated with web developers, videographers, photographers, animators, designers, and researchers in data visualization, including SFU graduate students and undergraduate alumni: Omid Alemi, Ethan Soutar-Rau, Theo Wong, and Linda Nguyen.

The project received funding from the Social Sciences Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) and was conducted as part of the movingstories research partnership at SFU. Thecla Schiphorst, the director of movingstories states the importance of the performer’s perspective in movement research: “this brings such a multi-faceted richness to how we understand movement through the revival of choreographic practice. It also gets at the heart of glimpsing what it is to be human -- as the primacy of movement is at the core of how we come to know ourselves as human beings.” Choreographer Judith Garay also discusses how this work impacts the dance field: “exposing current dance students to digital interfaces and facilitating professional dancers in sharing their experience is a profound, forward moving experience for all. I am thrilled and inspired by the launch of this web site.”

For more information about this project, please visit performersperspective.movingstories.ca/

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