Outside the Vortex
"Outside the Vortex" uses "mixed reality" dance, interactive 3-D projection, new media visual art and sound -- to examine creativity, gender and diversity in science. Based on true stories from researchers who challenge scientific "norms" in some way (age, background, gender, or ethnicity), iconic moments from their stories inform both the choreography and the setting, an interactive vortex of images projected in 3-D with a composed soundscape.
"Outside the Vortex" is a collaboration between visual artist Meredith Tromble, geobiologist Dawn Sumner and choreographer Donna Sternberg. The timing seemed particularly right to spotlight individuals who experienced difficulties because of their sex, ethnicity and/or age.
The vivid quality of the emotionally charged stories are translated into movement and visuals full of compressed meanings. As the audience enters the performance space, they will see colorful drawn fragments of the researcher's stories swirling in a vortex, and hear murmuring sounds, from which a telling sentence will occasionally crescendo. Rising through the center of the vortex is a slowly-moving column of digital emblems associated with the story drawings; when a story emerges from the soundscape, the vortex recedes and the full drawing appears. The projected image, a physicalized memory, becomes a shifting, interactive environment and partner to the dancer. Their interaction is imaginative rather than illustrative, with pure movement and strong gesture conveying the emotional nuance. As the passage concludes, the associated scenario fades out and the vortex arises again, with another story coming alive.
We hope to see you "Outside the Vortex"!
UC Davis Della Davidson Studio, Nelson Hall (View)
Davis, CA 95616