Space Tension Reprise with a Twist
We have some wonderful video from SpaceTension, DAHI’s recent collaboration with the Dance Program. DAHI director Rich Rath, wrote the software for the virtual instrument that the dancers play with their bodies and motions to create the music that they are dancing to. This project arose from Rich’s long-time work on the software, and a conversation Kara Miller, professor of Dance, and the director of the event (and founding DAHIan), at one of our DAHI lunchtime presentations. In realizing that conversation with Kara, Rich was fortunate enough to work with Dance Professor Peiling Kao (who choreographed) two amazing dancers, grad students Christine Maxwell and Ariel Gazarian, as well as the very participatory audience who were all eager to try the contraption themselves.
ʻOlelelo Community TV has released one of our full performances full performances. At about 8:40 into the performance, Betsy Fisher, dance faculty, coaxed (without too much trouble actually) UH President David Lassner into the performance space, where they played the instrument for a good five minutes, being joined at about the 12 minute mark by Peiling. At a half hour long, you might not make it through the whole performance, so here is a minute-an-a-half-long excerpt: