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Interview with inFluxdance our 2010 Artists in Residence
September 21, 2010, 3:35 am
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Don’t miss their show September 23-25, 2010 @ 8pm!

Q: What was the idea behind the set and video component?

A.This show has a whole group of collaborators that have taken the concept of the history and future of protest and have designed/created their part of the show in their own expression in order to further the intention and message of the piece. The videographer, Erin Mayfield collected clips both still and video of past protests and current issues and put together an amazing layer. Scott Halford is the projection technical specialist. He has created an interesting composition of video projection in the actual space. The composers, Aurie Hsu and Steven Kemper composed an hour of original score completely intertwined with the dancing and the theme as well as their own artistic vision. The set design/builder team Mark and Libby Haslam have taken the concept of protest and given it a visual structure in order to project the video as well as abstract the space with plexi-glass panels to represent the signage that is involved in protest. The plexi-glass boxes symbolize the “soapbox” as well as the idea of a society glued to tv, and in some cases trapped inside their tv. These are some glimpses of how we have all come together to complete the piece with the common vision and inspiration of protest and the many ways it has been executed. How do we in this society today turn off our tv and think for ourselves, marching, chanting, sit ins, boycotts, facebook causes, etc. These serve as a vehicle to reach out and comment on how wonderful it is to have a voice and we should be standing up for what we believe in.

Q: Why did you apply for the residency and how did it facilitate creation?

A. Because inFluxdance is a small independent dance company that works in a unique way, this residency seemed the perfect way to jump start our show for this 2010-2011 season. The artistic directors reside one in Utah and one in Virginia, therefore our creative process is one that is unconventional. For the past 4 seasons we have worked in this way.
Concept is usually decided, brainstormed and worked out via phone, email and skype. Next we decide who and what other elements of collaboration are necessary for our concept, another meeting/brainstorming to get all on the same page. Then we fly to rehearse 1 weekend each month until the week of the premiere (that week is spent in an intense rehearsal
process) then the show goes up and we tour the show in other cities.

Q: What are your plans for the piece after the premiere?

A: This show will be touring Charlottesville, Boulder, Toronto, Montreal and possibly San Francisco.

Q: how did the protest theme come about?

A: We are always trying to find a theme that is relevant to center our work around. For this particular piece we were really inspired to comment on the current state of affairs. We were interested in looking at intolerance vs. equality and how these ideas take form in culture. When people come together around a cause, they are using their bodies to express their ideas. We became interested in the questions:
What is the embodiment of protest? What does protest sound like? And what does it look like realistically and when it is abstracted?

Q: Anything else you want people to know?

A: We are really hoping that our audience will get an integrated piece that inspires them to take a second and think about what is important them.


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