Blinking

“One of the most successful pairings of dance and digital media that I have ever seen – nothing less than electrifying. A mesmerizing dance that combined action and reaction, live body and software program, light and dark, sight and sensation to make a whole that was greater than the sum of its already impressive parts.” Critical Dance

“A provocative and voyaging piece – compellingly combined movement, projection, and music to braid in a seamless plait. It’s a fantastic realization of those moments when we close our eyes to a bright scene, and watch the inverse play out in the dark theater of the inside of our eyelids. Strikingly vibrant performances of digital, filmic, and danced virtuosity, caused audience members to blink in disbelief at the unusually dynamic partnerships forged between the beautifully expressive dancers, the hauntingly mundane videos, and the interactive digital media projections that moved in violent slashes and languid pools across the large dance floor.” GoLocal Providence

Opening with a seemingly normal filmic display, a woman chatting with her friend, two young boys play in the space behind her ‚ in a close-up moment, we begin, with the help of the sound and lighting ‚ to recognize the pattern and rhythm of her blinking. This rhythmic structure becomes motivic, expressed musically in a repeating pulse of sound. The percussive elements suddenly ally to the lighting ‘blinks’ as synchronized pulses of light begin to appear, illuminating flickers of movement. Surprisingly, the light begins to have content as it resolves, projected video throughout the space as graphical resonance of the dancers’ movement. The seemingly contiguous movie-screen comes apart, revealing eyelid-like puzzle pieces of projection surface. The dancers manipulate these light canvas pieces, creating planes, floors, and doors; surfaces illuminated by projections during ‘blinks’ the eyelids’ hallucinogenic fluttering. The blinks of illumination and video and dance finally leave us with a rhythmic quilt, organically deconstructing the phrase, either in movement or media, into its smallest components.

Created by Jamie Jewett and R. Luke DuBois

Performed by Shura Baryshnikov, Amanda DelPrete, Shelby Hayhoe, Kim Johnson, Elise Nuding, and Michelle Struckholz

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Created by Jamie Jewett and R. Luke DuBois

Performed by Shura Baryshnikov, Amanda DelPrete, Shelby Hayhoe, Kim Johnson, Elise Nuding, and Michelle Struckholz

Presented by Firstworks Providence
October 2010

On average, we blink 10 times a minute. What stories accumulate in the blinks of a day? What is lost in these dark moments? BLINKING illuminates the missed sight, splintering dance into tiny moving stills and the hallucinatory cinema of the back of the eyelid. LOSTWAX invites you to enter the waking dream of BLINKING, the impressions behind one woman’s eyes.