Two NYC Choreographers Making Innovative Use of the Web

This week I was struck by two interesting initiatives for web audiences by NYC dance artists.

misnomerwebcastFirst, on Sunday December 14th at 8pm EST, Misnomer Dance Theater will have a live webcast of the final NYC performance of their premiere piece, Being Together choreographed by Chris Elam. Anyone with a computer and internet connection can tune in by going to their website: http://www.misnomer.org/live. In addition, online audiences can ask questions and interact during the show through a live moderated chat. According to their press, this is the first ever live webcast of a downtown dance show, and it could greatly expand the potential of the audience/choreographer relationship. I think it will be interesting to see if the webcam footage will be compelling enough to sit through a whole performance. As anyone who has watched a video of a dance show knows, the seeing the video is generally pretty inferior to sitting in the theater and viewing show live. The inclusion of live chat may make a big difference though, because you can “talk” during the performance and the interaction among the audience members may make the web-viewing experience more interesting. This is an experiment, and I look forward to seeing how it works out. Unfortunately I can only go to the Sunday show in person, so I won’t be able to observe the live online webcast. Hopefully there will be extensive follow-up on the Misnomer blog.

The second initiative worth noting is a new duet by Yanira Castro that is being choreographed, in part, on Twitter. The piece entitled Dark Horse/Black Forest is a private performance that can booked for a limited time through PS 122. According to the PS122 e-newletter, the piece is an “intensely performed love story in the most intimate of spaces: your bathroom.” This alone is pretty interesting, especially when ponders a dance piece taking place in your NYC apartment bathroom that is so small you can barely sit on the toilet… But the other interesting twist is how they are marketing the shows. Yanira Castro & Company has created two profiles on Twitter for the two characters in the show, written by Rozalia Jovanic, and their feeds are a blow by blow account of what each character is thinking with each move they make and word they say. The result is a disembodied conversation, part inner monologues, part dance duet, part reality. As those of you who Twitter know, you can only write comments of up to 140 characters on your feed, so the descriptions are short, pithy, and intense. Here is a sample of their two Twitter feeds

doghebitedme
doghebitedme She prevents my hand opening the door. Let me see your neck, I say and remove her scarf. I fill her mouth with my tongue muscle.
doghebitedme
doghebitedme She comes into the bathroom where I am and shuts the door. I can see her in the mirror. I piss. She puts on lipstick. More, she says, More.
doghebitedme
doghebitedme ‘Smolensk, Suzdal, Vitsebsk, Tver,’ I say. Those are words. A word is a container, empty or full, or half-full or clouded or spluttering
darkbloom8
darkbloom8 His eyebrows lifted as in ‘knowing something.’ I follow him down the hall. His foot drags behind. ‘You don’t tell me anything,’ I say.
darkbloom8
darkbloom8 What is popular is useful, a tool to jerk something with, ‘What do you mean?’ I say. ‘Your words?’ I realize how little know him.

If you want to follow the piece on Twitter, here’s how:

  1. Twitter is a free service and is easy to join. Go to Twitter.com and sign up.
  2. Click on each of the following two links, and from their profile pages click the “follow” button:
    twitter.com/doghebitme
    twitter.com/darkbloom8
    You will now be able to follow their conversations from your home page on Twitter.

To be even more immersed: receive tweets on the go and instantaneously by connecting your cell phone to Twitter. (Twitter doesn’t charge anything for this, but be sure to know what your text plan looks like with your wireless carrier.)

  1. Go to Settings. Go to Devices. Add your cell phone number.
  2. You will be given a number to text to activate your phone.3. Then go to Profile. Click on “following” above Updates. Turn the device updates on for doghebitedme and darkbloom8.

For more information on how to book the show for your bathroom, email darkhorse@ps122.org for reservations and more information.

Post Script

Here is a follow-up post by Maria from A Time To Dance blog about her experience watching Misnomer’s show on UStream.

….and here is a link to Misnomer’s video archive of the stream: http://www.misnomer.org/live/archive.

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About annabradynuse

I am the Director of Movement Media at Pentacle. I publish Move the Frame, a blog about all things dance and film related. I am a dance film-maker, choreographer, and renaissance woman!
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6 Responses to Two NYC Choreographers Making Innovative Use of the Web

  1. Jaki Levy says:

    this bathroom tweeting – What a great idea –

    take a look at this post on the youngest twitterer evah:

    http://www.boingboing.net/2008/12/11/youngest-twitterer-e.html

  2. Jaki Levy says:

    PS – We will look into making the transcript of the webchat broadcast available on the site after the show is done.

  3. Dance performance using webcam : Insult me : http://www.vimeo.com/2395921 and Una dos tres cuatro : http://www.vimeo.com/2453134

    Wishing you well
    Annie
    http://www.bram.org Being Human?

  4. Thanks for sharing your work Annie. Your live interactive webcam performances are really interesting. The difference with Misnomer is that their webcast simply broadcast their live theatrical performance so internet viewers could see it in real time anywhere. Your pieces with the performers in different places and performing together in real time via webcam is an innovative twist!

  5. Pingback: Being Together Online & Around The World | Misnomer Dance Theater

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