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…

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.

Tilt World: Solo Rehearsal

Concept: To set up and record a improvisations, tests, and pictures of my 1st solo set up in ACCAD’s Motion Lab for future rehearsals of Tilt World in this space. Methodology: First, I created a detailed improvisation study incorporating repetition and color change in order to show an archive of the movement I’ve created. Second,…

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.

Embodiment and VR

“VR is perfect for things you couldn’t do in the real world, but not for things you wouldn’t do in the real world. Flying to the moon like Superman is okay. Participating in virtual mass murder—especially if it is designed to be realistic—is not. This is a big deal. Everything we know about training in…

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…

“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…