REPLICAS

    Research output: Non-textual formPerformance

    Abstract

    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. Through practice-based research, Essex explores issues raised by Hayles’ work on deep versus hyper attention. Raw text messages, videos and photos are sent to audiences while they are encountering the live performance work, creating a complex relationship between digital and live presences. This practice-based research into attention and how attention can be diverted from the live by the digital is informed by Home-Cook’s writing on attention-stretching in information rich environments.

    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, how is our attention being stretched by this new information-rich environment, and what is the role of physical presence in our time? These questions are also examined in the online space: http://distanceduet.tumblr.com/

    This work continues Essex’s research on methods of communication and how dance can provide an opportunity for the embodiment of complex emotions. During the rehearsal process text messages were categorized using the Big Five Personality Traits (Tupes, Christal and Goldberg) and the physicalising of these traits were developed through practical research with dancers.

    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.

    Methods for physicalising the Big Five Personality Traits developed through his practical research have influenced practice with Essex being invited to share her techniques in Canada (Young Lungs Dance Exchange) and Animex (Middlesbrough).
    Original languageEnglish
    Publication statusPublished - 5 Aug 2016

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