Here’s a dance film we recently made for #peoplemove, an experiment by the wonderful Jose Campos “using choreography and video to research ideas of representation, authorship and documentation within a contemporary dance context.” You can take take part too, here.
We’re really excited about some performances and workshops we’ve got coming up, starting with Space is the Place, a movement workshop we’re running at University College London. In the autumn we’re doing a workshop and performance at The Science Museum’s Dana Centre as part of their season on Artificial Intelligence, and we’re also lucky enough to be performing at Chisenhale Dance Space in a night curated by Agony Art.
More news to follow but on the subject of Artificial Intelligence take a look at this: is this really dancing?
Meeting Place was covered by Culture Lab, the section of New Scientist where ‘books, art and science collide’.
“(…) As the duo danced, they gradually deviated from the formula, letting the algorithm descend into chaos before building it back up again. Surprisingly, the dance looked unrehearsed and nearly improvised, as if it evolved naturally on stage. Even though their movements were largely predetermined and their faces carefully kept blank, the dancers often looked like they were responding to each other and having a conversation. The audience was left with a sense that, no matter how automated, dance is still a human endeavour.”
Here are the first reviews of Meeting Place:
Mathematics and dance seem to be unlikely bedfellows, yet Hamish MacPherson and Martine Painter’s duet has found a Meeting Place for the two. The piece reflected a thoroughly considered approach, building up a number of simple movements in a formulaic way. In spite of the seemingly rigid structure it is based on, Meeting Place had a certain refreshing, unrehearsed quality. The choreographers-turned-performers were delightfully unpredictable as they engaged in playful dialogue with each other, boldly sustaining moments of stillness and amplifying the humour in the occasional and apparently coincidental moments with their deadpan faces and absolute conviction.
An algorithmic formula is behind Hamish MacPherson and Martine Painter’s Meeting Place. You know, algorithms, like the complex formulae that investment banks’ computers use to drive us into financial meltdown. This one, however, has a far more benign and entertaining purpose, and results in a moderately charming game of repetition, accumulation and amusing absurdity. As a pair of performers, MacPherson and Painter have a nice connection and they string together simple units of movement – an arm swing, a raised leg, a vocal yelp – in a manner that manages to keep our attention for almost the full twenty minutes. Some genuine laughs out loud and a nice visible logic at play.