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Before We Flew Like Birds, We Flew Like Clouds is an immersive audience activated performance and Virtual Reality installation illuminating the experiences of four humans with extraordinary relationships to their bodies– an astronaut, a professional speed skater, a survivor of a death experience, and a paraplegic rower – Virtual Reality films, dance, prerecorded and live music merge inside a floating, immersive set of star-like objects.
The narrative centers on the question, “what is it like to be in your body?” Each contributor’s personal stories will be integrated in the installation through audio interviews sampled and used in score.
The film component consists of four Virtual Reality short films created in partnership with these contributor’s – each as the subject matter of their own film.
The music and films will be experienced in an interactive, planetarium-like environment. Viewers sit in swivel chairs throughout the space amidst floating, star-like sculptures hovering in the space, created by enclosing helium balloons in an architectural triangular framework made from Styrene tubing. Live dance, vocals and strings add the performative element to the work.
Commissioned by Velocity Dance Center’s Made In Seattle Program. After its Seattle premiere this project will go on to IMAGINE Film Festival co-produced by Earth Dance and Dance Films Association in Massachusetts.
// COLLABORATORS //
The incomparable drummer and composer, Zeke Keeble collaborates with KT Niehoff on sound design. Michael Cozzibrings his phenomenal engineering talents to the sound.
Cameron Irwin (LMN Architects) and Amiya Brown make magic with the design and lighting.
Dancers/Artists Patrick Kilbane, Liane Aung and Alia Swersky grace the space with their talents.
Guest directors, Norma Jean Straw, Sandy Cioffi, Gretchen Berger and Dacia Saenz join the team to add their vision to the mix, under the supervision of VR technical specialist Jacob Fennell, using VR cameras he has created.
Stefanie Karlin and Squid MGMT hold us all together.