REPLICAS uses real-life text messages from three couples at various stages of their relationships as inspiration for dance duets, each exploring how we communicate in the digital age. Raw text messages, videos and photos are sent to audiences in real time, giving audience an inside view of the on-stage relationships. This also allowed Essex to continue her research into attention and how attention can be diverted from the live by the digital. REPLICAS examines questions at the forefront of our culture: how communication is changing in the digital age, what is to be lost and what can be gained by our new intimacy with technology and what is the role of touch in our time – can we be touched by technology? These questions are also examined in the online space: http://distanceduet.tumblr.com/ This work continues Essex’s interest in methods of communication and how dance can provide an opportunity for the embodiment of complex emotions. REPLICAS (originally titled Distance Duet) is the culmination of two years of research and two Arts Council England grants. It was commissioned by the Stockton International Riverside Festival with support from Dance City and Pavilion Dance South West. It was performed at Stockton International Riverside festival and Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art.
|Publication status||Published - 5 Aug 2016|