September 9, 2014 - December 16, 2014: When Technology and the Human Body Become Partners, Who Leads?
Sarah Lawrence College
Bronxville, New York
Fall Semester 2014
In this course, students will investigate the blending of movement and technology in performance. Why do you look at a huge screen onstage when a live person is standing there beside it? What makes us look at one thing rather than another? By refining our awareness of how we see, we become more sophisticated choreographers and more articulate performers.
Students will be encouraged to develop two perspectives - both that of performer and viewer - and to discuss their findings. Technology is such an integral part of our everyday lives; it’s like breathing. We never stop to think about it. But when technology is used onstage as an equal partner with the performer, our habits of seeing are disrupted; breaking habits often lets us discover something new.
This course celebrates the imagination. Students will be encouraged to work with simple materials such as cameras and projectors as tools for performance or to harness technology to make live performance more eloquent.