Daedalus Dreams

Daedalus Dreams

(upcoming)

Credits:

• Visual Artist - Zach Duer
• Movement Artist - Scotty Hardwig
• Choreographer - Eric Handman

Publications:

Sponsored by:

• University of Utah, Digital Matters Exhibition/Performance Faculty Grant
• University of Utah School of Dance
• VT Institute for Creativity, Art, and Techology
• VT School of Performing Arts
• VT School of Visual Arts

(In Progress)

This piece will be premiered in late Fall 2022.

Institutional modes of theatrical and dance production, which traditionally take place within large proscenium theaters involve multiple electrical, space, construction, and infrastructure commitments that are extremely expensive to build and maintain. During times of crisis like pandemics or economic downturns, the proscenium theater as the prime performance location is thrown into deep question. If the traditional technical elements, which are fixed and highly specialized within the proscenium context, were reframed and integrated with the dancer or performer, what new and agile possibilities for mobile performance could we create?

The drone is a mobile, programmable, transportable light source that also becomes a choreographable element of the performance making. It is also an uncanny, imposing, even dangerous presence, especially in a performance space. In this piece, we engage with the raw materials of the drone: primarily its wind, its light, and the software and hardware mechanics of its navigation system.

The work came out of a residency at the University of Utah with myself, Eric Handman, and Scotty Hardwig in August 2021. The residency focused on exploring the potential of drones for nomadic performances with minimal need for expensive staging, sound, and lighting. This was in part a reaction to the pandemic and its dramatic effect on theaters and funding.

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