Jo & Doozy: Human Motion Sequence

Concept: To build a choreographic story in Motionbuilder’s story mode from a seed of an idea I began when an elf character, Jolleen, created a glowing ball in her hands. Methodology: I downloaded the models (Jolleen and Doozy) from Mixamo, 0’ed out portions of the skeletons, characterized, and assigned control rigs to them, cleaned up…

Pome Fruit of an Unusually Cultivated Tree

Concept: Create a solo taking into consideration costume, sound, and light for Graduate Composition with Daniel Roberts. Two prompts were given: 1) to consider the perspective of the video or videographer when designing pathways and 2) use small and large objects to place within the performance space while using the objects to create movement. Methodology:…

Luna the Crazy Loon: Complex Props

Concept: This assignment for Motion Capture Production and Experimentation taught by Vita Berezina-Blackburn required us to create a character or sequence of events that was based from a prop we captured in ACCAD’s motion capture lab then edited in Motionbuilder using constraints. Methodology: Our group decided to capture a ball rolling. I planned out what…

Tilt World: Sound, Color & Feedback

Concept: The premise for this rehearsal was primarily to choreograph a sequence that specifically addressed the use of sound in Google’s Tilt Brush to be shown during Daniel Robert’s Graduate Composition class (above). Tilt World rehearsals (Jan 2020 – May 2020) are geared toward building an improvisational score, group of scores, and set choreography inside…

One-Minute: Once Upon The Oval

To devise a one-minute solo to be dropped into the collectively devised theater project titled “Once Upon The Oval” to be premiered in March 2020 at Drake Performing Arts Center.

Loïe Fuller: The Body Prosthetic

Loïe Fuller: The Body Prosthetic In this paper, I explore the role of technology during the interwar period through Loïe Fuller’s use of what Julie Townsend calls “theatrical prosthesis,” wooden extensions to lengthen the arms, fabric, and electric light (Townsend 1991, 73). Addressing the spectatorial aesthetic result of the normalization of prosthetic limbs during the…

Creating an Immersive Virtual Environment

Concept Co-creator Laura Rodriguez and I aimed to create a room for a virtual Spielberg Museum to resemble Carol Anne’s room in Poltergeist the movie. Design of the room included interactive elements such as lights that change with proximity, a TV that turns on and plays a clip from the movie when you come close…

The Ghosts of Mirror Lake: Expanded with Media and Monologues

To work with the Media Design students with the tools presented to expand our The Ghosts of Mirror Lake scene using various forms of projection, live-feed, or other technology available with the goal of enhancing the experience thematically, dramatically, and theatrically.

Digging Augmented Reality

My co-creator and I, Laura Rodriguez/LROD, aimed to create an Augmented Reality application used as an educational supplement to Laura Dixon Gottschild’s Digging the Africanist Presence in American Performance: Dance and Other Contexts.

Tilt World’s 2nd Iteration

My final “Tilt Brush” iteration this semester was an installation/performance during ACCAD’s open house on April 5th in the Motion Lab. The audience/participants entered a circle of projection screens where cardboard boxes, feather boas, pool noodles, and random small balls littered the space. Tasks were written on cards around the space for the audience to…

“a little awkward”

On Monday I showed where I was in my project Tilt World which is investigating a body in a virtual world (Google’s Tilt Brush) and objects and bodies in the physical world. This iteration of the work included three performers. At the beginning of the work, I wore a red face mask and was painting…

Split wide open

With my perceptions split wide open (with the floodgates of information that is downloading into my brain) including Queer Theory, Gender Theory, Philosophers Husserl, Butler, Foucault, Kristeva, all bodies and their labels, “The Explicit Body,” Daphne Brooks’ “Bodies in Dissent,” Drew Leder’s “The Absent Body,” readings on the complicated reality of empathy, perception and archive…