Becoming-Creature/Interactive Media Field Review

I am devising a performance in a gallery that combines interactive video installation and dancers becoming-creature. I postulate that the interactive installation prepares spectators to examine their frame of reference and participate in their own viewing of the live performance. A creative process derived from Deleuzian philosophy of “becoming-animal” removes the need to align with…

Vasifis, Oxipit, Unknown A, and Sylv

The performers, Sydney Samson, Abby Koskinas, Caitlyn Higley, Kara Komarnitsky, and I created this quartet together. Each performer imagined and became their unique creature. (Please excuse the jarring edits–the piece was performed in the round and videoed from opposite corners.)

Unbecoming Human: An Online Screendance Festival

Curatorial Statement This two-part online screendance festival explores the possibilities and abilities that “unbecoming human” creates. Screendances in part one if the program present unbecoming human through becoming creature. In these screendance pieces, humans perform animality or creature-ness, through movement vocabulary and edited or mediated imagery. While some characters in these films seem limited by…

Experiential Window System

This interactive window came on the heels of a video installation that I made for the Hopkin’s Hall Gallery, State of Swing. Making this, I considered reality’s complexity, and the filtering and framing we do to make meaning for ourselves. Two videos play simultaneously, and filters hang on a pedestal for viewers to pick up and look…

State of Swing (Hopkins Hall Gallery Oct 15 – Nov 29)

What you need to know before you watch: I created this film for exhibition in a gallery show called Cinema Expanded. It will be in the Hopkins Hall Gallery from Monday, October 15 to Thursday, November 29.  The projector sits on a pedestal on the gallery, shining this film onto a white wall. Colored gels (or filters) hang…

Edinburgh Fringe (Aug. 16-22)

After almost two years of rehearsals, I have just finished a weekend of Pie Equals Square performances, and the audiences in Minneapolis seemed to enjoy the work! Paula Mann, the choreographer, creates like mad! In fact, I think she scrapped about 2/3 (if not more) of the movement that had once been in the piece–vehemently rejecting…

Contra: Dance & Conflict Paper Presentation

Thanks to the Ray Travel Award, the Arts & Humanities Small Grants and the OSU Department of Dance Semester Funding Initiative, I have just returned from the 2018 Dance Studies Association conference, a meeting of international dance scholars and practitioners in Valletta, Malta. My paper compared the experiences of the Syrian-Lebanese population with those of…

Pie Equals Square (July 27-29, 2018 in Minneapolis, MN)

Over a year ago, Gerry Timm, a retired medical engineering professor and dance lover,  gathered a choreographer, composer and dancers to create an evening of movement, music and media. I will be dancing along side Tazz Germaine Lindsay, Leslie O’Neill, Doug Hooker, Rachel Clark, and Gerry himself. Choreography is by Paula Mann and sounds design is…

Iowa International ScreenDance Festival (April 28-29, 2018)

I’m pleased to announce that pour la liberté has been selected into the Iowa International ScreenDance Festival and will be screened April 28-29 in Iowa City! The Iowa International ScreenDance Festival is part of the 12th Iowa Dance Festival. The festival presents a curated program of short films, selected from over 100 entries from 25 different countries….

Portal’s Edge

We took some of the phrase material from Rupture Front unto the mud, and made a dance film that stands alone. Thank again to Abby Koskinas and Sydney Samson, for their eagerness to try anything!