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