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MESH - Combustible Residency 2017 at CounterPulse SF

  • CounterPulse SF 80 Turk Street San Francisco, CA, 94102 United States (map)

Kinetech Arts presents MESH, part of the CounterPulse Combustible Residency, Sep. 7-9 and 14-16 2017

Kinetech Arts’ new work, MESH, juxtaposes old and new technologies to tell the story of personal struggle against a life-threatening illness. A medical device – a mask made of mesh – holds the dancers’ suffering and fear, but also their hope and resilience. The mesh restricts the dancers, but it cannot restrict their imagination, their love, or their spirit, expressed through the movements of their bodies. Their spirit is refracted by a painter who uses their bodies as a canvas on which to paint a digital landscape that augments their inner states.

During the performance, a virtual body is created for the dancer through motion data captured live. The dancers’ physical and virtual bodies communicate with each other, reveal and share emotions, and at times deal with a handicapped body.

Navigating through these juxtapositions, dancers explore their fears, fall and catch each other, and deal with conflicting feelings. They find strength in their physical and emotional limitations while constantly supporting one another.

Concept: Daiane Lopes da Silva and Weidong Yang

Choreography: Daiane Lopes da Silva

Original Music: Ben Juodvalkis

Costume Design: Hien Huynh

Live Digital Painting: Raymond Larrett 

Motion Capture (Open Perform) development: Travis Bennett

Performance: Daiane Lopes da Silva, Hien Huynh, Maria Sotnikova, Juliet Paramor, Travis Bennett and Weidong Yang

Technology Direction: Weidong Yang

Technical Assistance: Shih-Wen, Michael Young

Artistic Advisor: Jiayi Young