Distant Voices (2016) was a telematic creative research project regarding the efficacy of VisiMeet software to create a new dance work with original music collaboratively. Participants included simultaneous performances of dancers from Nova Southeastern University (FL, USA) and John Moores University (Liverpool, UK) with composer/musicians from Edinburgh Napier University (Scotland, UK). IOCOM has generously provided licenses to the three participants of Distant Voices.
Each of the three sites included a live audience who saw the live performers in that space as well as performers from the other two sites on a screen. Each live audience saw performance on and off the camera, while the internet audience who joined us from the UK, US and Greece only saw the dance that was caputred by the webcams at each theatre. Along with collaborative pedagogy, we were exploring the aesthetic challenges and opportunities that his layered visual information offers to the viewer, and challening the performers (both dancersss and musicians, to work with a strucutred imporvisation process, governed by the Condutor, who made the choices in the moment.
Nova Southeastern University
Luke Kahlich – Director/Co-choreographer
Dancers: Mariah Busk, Angelina Granitz. Sarah Hutcher, Brittany Nicholson, Shanae Reece, Paige Robbins
Liverpool John Moores University
Pauline Brooks, Director/ Co-choreographer
Nicola Price: Project Manager
Dancers: Elizabeth Cavanagh, Lucy Browne, Louise Dolan, Emily Edwards, Amy Saltmarsh, Natalie Traynor
Edinburgh Napier University
Kenneth Dempster - composer/conductor
Katrina Burton – composer
Musicians: Michael Ready - alto flute; Liam Orr - trumpet; Joanna Stark - cello; Darren Gallacher - percussion; Fraser Harrington - piano
Ed Fitzpatrick - Nova Southeastern University
Noel Jones and Helen Keay - Liverpool John Moores University
Rune Lilledal Hansen, Craig Ainslie - Edinburgh Napier University