In what way could the participating audience feel what Merce Cunningham must have felt during his performances? How could we trigger people in moving like Merce? What kind of motivators are needed to feel those tiny moves in your hips, the pressure in your feet or the imbalance in your core. How can we design an installation for participants, not necessarily skilled for dance, to sense a kind of cohesion like Cunningham did? A lot of questions flow through my head while looking at Marloeke’s plan. We want to test a lot of interaction so within a week we have a first good test to do.
With a chair strapped to our backs we move across the floor. A sensor tracks every move we make, linked to those movements are sound and a projection. We notice that it takes a while to become aware of the unity you make with your movement and the feedback the installation gives you. It is not every day that you try to move and dance with a chair strapped to your back.
Its always fun to see someone do something odd but once we all tried it, dancing with a chair strapped to our backs, it became a obvious that it was not only a way of making people move, for the spectators it became an performance.
It is nice to already have this experience in this stadium, it makes it rather clear that it doesn’t take a lot to make people aware of the slightest movements. On the other hand, we have to think of the role bystanders are having and how we could manipulate that.
I’m looking forward to the next test.
Intern (Interactive Performance Design)