(For this "best of" event, I wanted to show something different, something indoors.)
From the Challenging Bodies Project Description:
"The Challenging Bodies project, a music/theatre/dance/multimedia event, investigated the notion of physical excellence by celebrating movement, however limited in scope, and enhancing and amplifying that movement through digital technology. Simultaneously, it attempted to intersect with communities that do not typically engage in shared dialogue. A multidisciplinary collective - of theatre and inter-media artists, academics, choreographers, musicians, computer scientists, kinesiologists, music therapists and variously-abled performers - initiated a project that resulted in a high-calibre performance inclusive of physical difference, while providing an intriguing alternative to the competitive athleticism of the Summer Games, hosted by the University of Regina in August of this year."
The Challenging Bodies performance itself drew on the talents of dancers, musicians, computer programmers and technicians, lighting crew and sound designers. It was presented in the Shumiatcher Open Stage (nicknamed the ShuBox), a versatile performance environment which was customized for the performance. A large sheet of fabric was hung around the focus corner of the performance area, onto which computer graphics and effected video was projected. Live multi-source sound localization was used to place the sound from the instruments in a larger virtual soundscape.
In the default view of the panorama you see our sit-down dancer, our trumpet player, and the developer and technician for "cool moves", a camera-based musical instrument played by our performer with Cerebral Palsy, who can be seen as you pan right. Further to the right, you see our stage manager, our dancers, two other developer/technicians hiding behind their computer workstations, family and friends and other musicians, and our lighting director (up in the catwalk). Live acoustic instruments included marimba, vibraphone, piano, trumpet and tympani, and electronic instruments included digital keyboards, percussion and guitar, as well as looper pedals and many otehr effects.
Fine powder was laid down in a square on the dance floor, and the movement of the dancers spread the powder around into patterns representing the history of the piece (Quite a mess when it was all done!) Click here
to see a panorama of the ShuBox after the performance, with the powder spread everywhere.