Digi-Site: Creating Spaces of Engagement through Dance and Technology

Texas Woman’s University
2011, May 

Abstract: The purpose of this paper is to identify and discuss the opportunities that virtual and responsive spaces offer to dance in developing engagements with perceptual awareness, embodiment, and interactivity.  In this project, the eleven collaborators and I investigated different methods of integrating digital image projection and responsive computer systems into dance spaces and explored how these environments allowed us to develop techniques of engaging, creating, experiencing, and communicating movement and idea.  For the purposes of this paper, I will refer to these contexts as “digi-sites.”  These explorations were part of a series of summer workshops which culminated in an evening length dance concert presented at the Texas Woman’s University Dance Theatre Studio.  The works presented created new contexts for both performers and audience members to experience dance by integrating technologies that were responsive to improvisational scores collaboratively created with the dancers. 

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