Dance and New Media Lab 2019

01.05.2019 - 27.06.2019

The third edition of the Dance and New Media Lab will focus this year on artistic residencies of international choreographers that will connect dance, technology, philosophy and musical creation.

The laboratory promotes the encounter between performing arts and new media and will host the residences of two dancers and choreographers: the Danish Manon Duquesnay and the Argentine, settled between Spain and France, Julia Zaccagnini. Both will reside in Etopia this spring and will collaborate with researchers and students from the School of Engineering and Architecture and the Philosophy Department of the University of Zaragoza with Xprésate, advanced music school, to shape the works that will present on June 27 in the context of Trayectos Festival.

Between buildings and artists

On 2019, the laboratory, promoted by Etopia and Trayectos Festival has created a program called “Between buildings and artists” under the artistic direction of Alba Lorca. This program aims to strengthen the relationships between arts, create multidisciplinary work teams and create a laboratory where practice and theory intersect. Dance and New Media Lab will also open a space for stable reflection that continues during the next academic year.

The multidisciplinary group that will develop its work with Julia Zaccagnini will focus on the search for the relationships between body, identity and post-internet dance. In her choreographic research, the Argentine artist wonders how communication technologies impact on the constitution of the new corporeality in the contemporaneity. Zaccagnini will develop his residence from April 29 to June 26.

Ode to you

For its part, the team formed around Manon Duquesnay is working on the piece “Ode to you” created by the Danish creator. “Ode to you” begins as a solo dance show with many voices where technology is also present. Duquesnay is inspired by the book “Touched with Fire”, by Kay Redfield Jamison, as a springboard for an expedition on bipolar disorder and artistic temperament. In order to further deepen the proposal, during its residency, the technological team has created and used an intelligent motion sensor with Wi-Fi and actuators (hardware and free software).

John Collingswood

The team will receive also the collaboration of John Collingswood, a British audiovisual creator based in Finland, who specializes in the creation of video and site-specific installations for dance and performing arts projects. Collingswood has visited Etopia as an adviser thanks to the support of the candidacy of the city of Oulu (Finland) to European Cultural Capital in 2026.

The Dance and New Media Laboratory will present its results in the context of the Trayectos, a festival of dance in urban spaces, next June.