Shade

Choreography: Mary Lynn Babcock in collaboration with Dancers
Set and Projection Design: Scott Martin
Performers: Kihyoung Choi, Cassie Farzan Panah, Amiti Perry, Taryn Tompkins
Photos: Milton Adams

Shade is a place of shelter unraveled through broken lines and arrhythmic gestures fighting for balance through counterbalance. An afterthought, a memory, a deep knowing that the edge of another side is home…inside….

“Of the 23 troupes and independent artists who performed at the Barefoot Brigade Dance Festival, half a dozen produced stellar work and many others turned out pieces that showed promise but could benefit from further refinement. What separated the great from the fleetingly interesting was vision. Over the three weeks of the 12th annual festival, which ended Saturday at the Bath House Cultural Center, such choreographers as Mary Lynn Babcock, Jessica Thomas, Danielle Georgiou and Erin Reck employed a holistic approach, each building movement, sound and staging around a singular, sharply conceived idea… Week two, themed ‘Partners in Crime’ for its emphasis on collaborations, opened with Satellite-Dance artistic director Babcock’s Shade, which was never surpassed by anything else on the bill. This was one of the most interestingly designed dances of the festival, with projections of posed dancers echoing the slow, deliberate movement of four live performers.”

-Manuel Mendoza, Dance Critic, Dallas Morning News

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University of North TexasMerrill Ellis Intermedia Theatre
Denton, TX 

This work grew out of a series of intensive conversations that coalesced around the mechanisms of language to control and define social interactions. The resulting themes included the destructive manifestations of stereotypes, ubiquity of social profiling systems, loss of meaning in translation, transformation of meaning via media transcoding systems, the language of crisis and gestures of personal empowerment.  Taking on an overt socio-political focus the work mixed high seriousness with playful interactions and strong language. The result was a mixed media performance work that references contemporary idioms across multiple artistic disciplines. 

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Mp3 Experience

Co-Creators: Rachel Albright & Scott Martin

Inspired by the Improve Everywhere movement, we created a site-specific movement score that challenged the traditional movement patterns established in a large educational facility.  Audience participants played the score on their Mp3 players and improvised through-out the building! 

Play the soundtrack here! Mp3Experience

Wonderland 2.0

 
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Techdance: Exploring engagement through dance and technology
2010, September
Dance Studio Theater, TWU
Denton, TX

This interactive environment invited the audience to participate in the co-creation of a unique Techdance work!  By manipulating visual projected images and digital sound scores via computer interfaces, the audience influenced and informed the 20 minute improvised movement scores with the dancers.

The environment consisted of:  Four live feed cameras that both audience and dancers could direct, two interactive visual computers/projectors, and one digital sound “creation stations” that allowed the audience to manipulate the environment.
 
Dance Collaborators: Amie Davis, Amanda Jackson, & Lily Sloan
Visual Envionoment: Scott Martin
Audio Environment: Grant Philips
Inter Media Design:  Grant Phillips, Jerret Fowler, & Scott Martin
Photography: Jesse Scroggins
 

Troubleshooting

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Techdance: Exploring engagement through dance and technology
2010, September
Dance Studio Theater, TWU
Denton, TX

As technology systems evolve to become more and more responsive to and integrated within our daily lives, questions of how we relate to, respond to, and interact with technology emerge. This piece utilized feedback software design to create visual spatial environments that responded to dancers movements and placement.  Do environments designed to respond to an individual inform and create new ways in which we engage and traverse our spaces?
 
Dance Collaborator: Crysta Caulkins-Clouse
Inter Media Designer & Collaborator:  Scott Martin
Music:  Grant Phillips & various selections from Aphex Twin
Photography: Jesse Scroggins

The Thin Veil

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Techdance: Exploring engagement through dance and technology
2010, September
Dance Studio Theater, TWU
Denton, TX

Movies, television, and the internet have become staple forms of entertainment in the American culture. Each of them transports our imagination to far away places, yet are housed in a solitary box. This work explored the complexities of of engaging perceptual awareness when negotiating movement between two and three dimensional spaces.  A large screen was placed between the audience and dancers with images projected from the back so that the dancers were silhouetted into the images.
 
Dancer Collaborators: Whitney Boomer & Matt Cumbie
Inter Media Design Collaborators:  Jerrett Fowler & Scott Martin
Music:  Song of Imaginary Beings by IMAX
Photography: Jesse Scroggins

Tuned In

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Techdance: Exploring engagement through dance and technology
2010, September
Dance Studio Theater, TWU
Denton, TX
 
Telecommunication and virtual systems have already developed to the point where one feels like he/she can be transported to another place and time .   This piece utilized real time video chat software to explore how these new tools engender questions of how we perceive, define and engage space, time, and location when interacting across these mediums.
 
Dance Collaborators (real and real-time streamed in):  Meredith Cook, Bethany Nelson, & Nicole Touzien
Inter Media Designer & Collaborator:  Scott Martin
Music: Random selections from dancers iPod
Photography: Jesse Scroggins

Techdance: exploring engagement through dance and technology

2010, September
Dance Studio Theatre, TWU
Denton, TX

Produced by: Scott Martin

Collaborators: Whitney Boomer, Crysta Caulkins-Clouse, Meredith Cook, Mathew Cumbie, Amie Davis, Jerret Fowler, Amanda Jackson, Scott Martin, Bethany Therese Nelson, Grant Philips, Lily Sloan, Nicole Touzien

Works Shown:
Tuned In
The Thin Veil
Troubleshooting
Wonderland 2.0
 

Wonderland

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2010, April
Denton, TX
Mereill Ellis Inter Media Theatre
 
The show featured a diverse gamut of intermedia and new media works, involving dance, new theater, musical performances, and an abundance of works featuring video. The sensory overload experienced on the floor space in the middle of three giant screens most likely defies description.
 
In this performance we gathered video and audio source material reminiscent of Alice in Wonderland and created an interactive environment where the user changed the parameters of the performance by using an iphone/ipod touch app called TouchOSC.
 
Collaborators
Jerret Folwer: TouchOSC was used for user interaction.
Scott Martin: Isadora was used for visual mixing.
Grant Phillips: PD (PureData) was used for aural processing.