Design And Performance Lab
"for the time being [Victory over the Sun]"a choreosonic performanceworld premiere: Lilian Baylis Studio-Sadler’s Wells April 3-4, 2014Stage Director Johannes BirringerDesign Director Michèle DanjouxPerformersYiorgos Bakalos, Rosella Galindo, Manaskarn Insang, Yoko Ishiguro, Ross Jennings, Aggeliki Margeti, Vanessa Michielon, Helenna Ren, Caroline WilkinsMusic and Live Sound Processing Oliver DoyleAdditional Music Caroline WilkinsFashion and Audiophonics Design Michèle DanjouxAudio Electronics/Wearable Circuitry John RichardsGraphic Interface Programming Cameron McKirdyVideo and Visual Programming Johannes BirringerLighting Design & Technical Direction Elliott O’BrartSound processing assistant Cameron GrahamLight effects (PhilharmonicLights™) Aleksander TomicTheremuino design by Michael BlowTechnical Manager (Lilian Baylis) Roman BezdykScenography Johannes BirrringerLibretto inspired by "Victory over the Sun" (Alexei Kruchenykh, Victor Khlebnikov, trans. Ewa Bartos Victoria Nes Kirby © 1913/1971)
// This dance opera, featuring DAP-Lab's specially built audiophonic wearables, premiered in 2014: excerpts can be seen of Part 1 and Part 2 //Go here for research production phase begun in 2013
FOR THE TIME BEING
"for the time being" explores the sound of movement in a 30-minute premiere of a new stage work inspired by the Russian Futurist opera Victory over the Sun (1913) and its fantastical visual designs. Nearly a hundred years ago, the Futurists collaborated on an eccentric vision of a society to come, based on revolutionary fervor of the time. The DAP-Lab's choreosonic performance, both comic and unsettling in places, is an intimate piece that looks at our current precarious existence in a world full of outworn cliches of revolutions. Featuring dancers and musicians, the work incorporates body-worn-technologies where the structure of the wearable has been developed alongside its interactive and sound generating potential for gestural performance. The artistic premise of the design is to make the activation and presence of sound very visual and sensual to both the performer and the viewer.
a choreosonic performanceby DAP-Labdirected by Johannes Birringer & Michèle DanjouxMay 26, 2012 7:30 pmWatermans40 High Street, Brentford, London, TW8 0DStel.: 020 8232 1010Free admission on opening night of International Festival of Digital ArtFeaturing:Helenna Ren, Yoko Ishiguro, Aggeliki Margeti, and Ross Jennings (performers, co-choreographers)Sandy Finlayson (sound synthesis & live music direction),Cameron McKirdy (graphic interface, sound interface design),John Richards (electronics),Michèle Danjoux (art direction / audiophonic design),
Johannes Birringer (production coordination, video and scenography)All performance materials were composed collaboratively by the lab ensemble. Additional contributions: Aleksander Tomic (special lighting/sound effects/PhilharmonicLights), Graeme Shaw (Technical Coordination), Elliott O'Brart (technical assistance, lighting operation), Michael Blow (Theremuino design collaborator), Panos Papafragkos, Carlo Ghidini, Alexandros Papathanasiou(film documentation).
The DAP-Lab's cross-media work highlights convergences between physical movement choreography, visual expression in dance/film/fashion and wearable design, and real-time interactive data flow environments. Since founding DAP-Lab in 2004, Johannes Birringer and Michele Danjoux have brought together artists and researchers from the UK, Japan, Brasil, U.S.A., and Europe, and developed prototypes of wearable garments which respond in distinct ways to body movement, camera capture, and sensory processing. The ensemble has created online performances, video exhibitions, the digital dance-work Suna no Onna (premiered at London's Laban Centre in December 2007, recreated at Watermans in 2008). Its choreographic installation, UKIYO (Moveable Worlds), produced in collaboration with artists from Japan, premiered at Sadler's Wells, London after touring Eastern Europe (2010). "for the time being" is shown for the first time as a test performance in 2012. DAP-Lab will begin a new research cycle in 2013 and develop a new version of the opera within the METABODY framewwork, to test more operational possibilities of choreosonics and sounding wearable. The project is also supported by the Centre for Contemporary and Digital Performance at Brunel University, London.
The DAP-lab's current research program is supported by the EU Culture Programme as part of the collaborative METABODY grant project. DAP-Lab is one of the co-organizers of the Metabody Project.
Johannes Birringer & Michèle Danjoux