New Presentation about A Performer’s Perspective

Classes and Workshops, Dance Performance, Presentations, Research

I will present a talk about A Performer’s Perspective as part of the Laboratory of Dance/Dance as a Vantage Point Online Interdisciplinary Symposium.

This event is FREE and open to all. It will include online dance performances, panel discussions, a workshop led by Nita Little, as well as access to video presentations from researchers and artists around the world.

The presentation on A Performer’s Perspective will be available to view on YouTube and will also be discussed more as part of the live panel on Translating Dances on July 1st at 9am PDT.

Register here to receive access to YouTube video presentations (access beginning June 29), and to participate in the live conference events (July 1-3)

Please visit the website for more information about the schedule of events:

http://lab-dance.avant.edu.pl

 

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A Performer’s Perspective Launched!

Dance Performance, Research

 

I am pleased to announce the launch of a performer’s perspectivean interactive online documentary transmitting the dancer’s perspective and data in Judith Garay’s multimedia dance work, THE FINE LINE ~ twisted angels. 

This project has been in the works since 2015 and is the culmination of my PhD thesis research at the School of Interactive Arts + Technology at SFU.  The overarching goal of this project is not only to translate and extend one’s perceptions of dance movement, but to explore how interaction and digital technology can be utilized to better communicate bodily knowledge to a broad audience.

The design of the site is inspired by a close reading analysis I conducted of The Synchronous Objects website (published in the MOCO  2014 conference proceedings) and seeks to present the dancer’s data through three interactive categories: instructional, exploratory, and translational.

 

The Instructional portion of the website includes each dancer’s verbal description of selected scenes from THE FINE LINE~twisted angels and short documentary videos related to the making of the THE FINE LINE ~twisted angels and each dancer’s perspective on their role in the work: Vanessa Goodman, Bevin Poole, and Antonio Somera

The Exploratory part of the website depicts the dancers’ movement data, collected with various motion sensors such as, the Myo armband and the Microsoft Kinect camera.  In future versions of the site, this section will be expanded to include more options for viewers to interact with the data.

The Translational section re-imagines the dancers’ data through varying artistic representations including music, animations, and visualizations. 

I am extremely grateful to the design/implementation team that has made the creation of this site possible including: Omid Alemi, Ethan Soutar-Rau, Theo Wong, Linda Nguyen, Professor Thecla Schiphorst, and the many other researchers that helped out along the way. Please see full credits here.
 

A Performer’s Perspective

Dance Performance, Research

I am so excited to share this project, which has been in the works for more than a year! This summer we plan to launch an interactive documentary that transmits the perspectives of three performers in Judith Garay’s multimedia dance work, The Fine Line ~ twisted angels.  

I have recently completed a video documentary that discusses more about our process of data collection for this project.

Body of Knowledge Conference

Presentations, Research

I am so excited to present at the Body of Knowledge Conference at my alma mater, UC Irvine, on Thursday December 8, 2016. For a complete schedule of presentations and workshops see: http://sites.uci.edu/bok2016schedule/.

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Abstract:

Many cognitive scientists are turning to dance experts to explore the relationship between bodily knowledge and perception. Dancers have a unique skill set that integrates physical and expressive abilities, making them intriguing participants in studies that examine how the action observation network, action prediction, learning, memory, and aesthetic preferences are related to one’s physical experiences. While findings from these studies suggest that dance experts perceive movement differently than novices; the definitions of what constitutes a “dance expert” are far ranging, making it challenging to compare results across studies.

We discuss the variety of dance experts that are recruited for scientific studies in movement perception and draw upon research in dance education to form a richer definition of dance expertise. One possible way to parameterize expertise in dance is by role (e.g. performer, teacher) and style (e.g. ballet, hip-hop). However, the challenge in differentiating expertise by style or role is that many many dancers have trained in multiple styles of dance and commonly have overlapping roles–thus creating a knot of expertise.

To untie this knot, we propose an enactive approach. Rather than label dancers as experts or novices based on an arbitrary requirement of the number of years a dancer has trained in a particular style or role, we suggest that broader categories of expertise will emerge from the data that go beyond both style and role. We predict four main types of expertise: Virtuosic, Expressive, Kinematic and Expressive expertise. Through combining methodologies such as psychometric measurement, eye tracking, brain imaging, phenomenological and analytical accounts of movement we can develop a more complete understanding of how expertise relates to the ways in which dance experts observe, learn, and articulate movement. This research can both inform the study of movement perception and help define gaps in dance education.