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Friday, April 06, 2007


Ideas in Motion: The Body's Limit

Conference and performances exploring new technologies in dance

Join dance professionals, engineers, and dance fans from around the US and Europe for Ideas in Motion: The Body's Limit. It's a weekend of performances, symposia, and workshops, plus additional performances taking place around the Boston area from April 21 through May 2. Co-curated by Nell Breyer, Alissa Cardone, and Dedalus Wainwright, Ideas in Motion is a must for anyone who is interested in experimental works that cross new media with dance.

Writing about the 2006 Ideas in Motion, Karen Campbell of the Boston Globe described it as "the most thrilling dance work this reviewer has seen in recent memory ... an eye-popping experience."

Don't miss this year's event! Check out the roster below, and visit for tickets and other information. We hope you'll join us!

Conference: Talks and Performances

At Green Street Studios, 185 Green Street, Cambridge, April 21-22
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Saturday, April 21

2pm: Johannes Birringer (Germany) Keynote address, exploring current thinking and interpretations of the theme The Body's Limit in dance and performance today.

3pm: Presentations with demonstrations and video documentation.
- Peter Kirn, former Dance Theater Workshop Artist Resource and Media Lab (DTW Digital ARM) fellow (New York)
- Barbara Bickart, former DTW Digital ARM fellow (New York)

- eVokability: The Walking Project by Sarah Drury, Temple University

- Norah Zuniga Shaw, Assistant Professor and Director of Dance and Technology, Ohio State University

5pm: Q&A

5:30pm: Intermission/Break

7pm: Evening performances and screening including:
- Dagger by Clarinda Mac Low, former DTW Digital ARM fellow (New York)
- Excerpts from Wonderland by Stefanie Nelson Dance Group (New York) and Nell Breyer (MIT; former DTW Digital ARM fellow)
- Jamie Jewett, Brown University
- Every Body Tells a Story by Tony Rizzi, former lead dancer for William Forsythe (USA/Germany) Note: Adult content
- Screening of Shake Off by Hans Beenhakker, former lead dancer with Wuppertal Tanztheater (Netherlands)

9pm: Q&A/Roundtable Discussion

Sunday, April 22

11am: Let's Take a Seat, performance by Swiss dancer/choreographer Andrea Haenggi and her company AMDaT.At SHARE Consulate of Switzerland, 420 Broadway, Cambridge. (Reserve by email to )

2pm: Performance of Self Unfinished (1998) by Xavier Le Roy (see below)

3pm: Q & A

3:45pm: Intermission/Break

4pm: Panel Discussion Physical Intelligence
- Noah Riskin, Physical Intelligence Lab, MIT
- Mia Keinanen, Lecturer of New Dance, MIT
- Thomas F. DeFrantz, Associate Professor, Music and Theater Arts, MIT
- Joe Paradiso, Associate Professor, MIT Media Lab
- Hayes Raffle, Research Assistant, Tangible Media Group, MIT Media Lab

5pm: Q & A

5:15pm: Wrap-up by Johannes Birringer

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Public Art

Lumen Eclipse, a public motion art gallery in the heart of Harvard Square, will present a continuous loop of Shake Off and Time Steps by Hans Beenhakker. Apr 21-22.

Related Performances

Self Unfinished (1998) and Product of Circumstances (1999), performances and talks by French-born, Berlin-based choreographer Xavier LeRoy. Le Roy has collaborated with world-renowned artists and presented his work in various settings throughout Europe. He performs two of his rarely-seen early solo works: Self Unfinished (1998) at Green Street Studios on April 22 at 2pm, and Product of Circumstances (1999) at MIT's Simmons Hall on April 23 at 8pm. Visit for tickets and information.

Electric Haiku; Calm as Custard by Cathy Weis, a concoction of dance, video, and sound. Using technology in simple yet ingenious ways, Weis takes physical movement into new realms, as dancers interact with projected images, and sights and sounds are amplified to dramatic and comic effect.

Performances April 28 at 8pm and April 29 at 2pm; family day event April 28, co-presented by the Institute for Contemporary Art, Boston (ICA). At the ICA; visit for tickets and information.

Denizen, a world premiere by intermedia performance collaborative Kinodance Company, a mesmerizing work that spans the boundaries between dance, cinema, visual art and sound.

Performances May 2 at 7:30pm and May 3 at 8pm, in collaboration with the Bank of America Celebrity Series. At the Tsai Center, BU; visit for tickets and information.

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