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…

Tilt World: Smoke and Mirrors

Tilt World rehearsals (Jan 2020 – May 2020) are geared toward building a set improvisational score or group of scores to be used once more dancers are brought into the fold.

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.

What is Activism in Performance?

Concept: To get in the studio with multiple dancers to explore some of the complex ideas of gender, identity, and race especially outlined in Paulo Friere’s Pedagogy of the Oppressed and other texts discussing the whys and hows oppression happens and how to evoke the empowerment to overcome these situations. Methodology: Researching the ideas of…

Mette Ingvartsen’s Yes Manifesto (2005)

Yes to redefining virtuosity Yes to conceptualizing experience, affects, sensation Yes to materiality/body practice Yes to investment of performer and spectator Yes to expression Yes to excess Yes to ‘invention'(however impossible) Yes to un-naming, decoding and recoding expression Yes to non-recognition, non-resemblance Yes to non-sense/illogic Yes to organizing principles rather than fixed logic systems Yes…

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…

Tilt World Sandbox

As I’ve mentioned in previous posts, a Sandbox is something Norah uses in her Research Studio class that allows room for change and brainstorming of a group. In the following photos by Dan Shellenbarger (thank you!!) he documented some experiments in my sandbox in February. This project, titled “Tilt World” is an exploration of how…

Pedagogy

In class the other day we had to teach something off the cuff with two of these cards. We selected them face down and didn’t know what we were selecting. I like the idea of switching things up with these cards.

It’s about trusting the process, coloring the lines and angling your approach

This semester has resulted in a real community of support. My grad-cohort is awesome and most if not all the preliminary tools I need to make, write, create, put forth work and fail have been introduced to me in our “Foundations in Dance Research” course. “Laban Systems: Movements, Methods, and Analytical Frameworks” has been a wonderful…