"loopdiver is thematically complex, a conflicted piece that replicates the jerky, eerie, instant repetitions of computer imagery via live dancers, who also rebel and fight it some of the time. It's both intriguing and numbing to watch, as innovative and off-putting as early responses to musical minimalism seemed in their day. This is not about pretty, reassuring design." – The Chicago Tribune


Six dancers battle to escape an eerie prison of digital repetition in "loopdiver"


loopdiver began with a simple idea: to explore looping as the core structure of a dance performance. Using a software composition and looping tool created by Coniglio, the duo transformed a video tape of a fully realized five-minute long performance into a forty-five minute video "score" with nearly 3000 edits. Then, they turned the computer screen around, and gave their six dancers an impossible task: to memorize and perform exactly what they saw before them. On stage in loopdiver, the digital materials from the original video (the music, video imagery, and theatrical lighting) maintain the precision and perfection of a computer. In contrast, the movement of the dancers is never quite perfect because they are human. When placed together on stage, we see the performers in a constant struggle to live up to an unforgiving, externally imposed machine rhythm.



October 18-20, 2012 - 20h/8PM


Uferstr 23. Berlin, Germany - see map

Tickets: Reservix - search for 'loopdiver'


EXCERPTS (3 min, 30 sec)


Performance footage courtesy of The Dance Center of Columbia College Chicago


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COMMISSIONING PARTNERS: Lied Center for Performing Arts, Creative Campus Innovations Program (APAP and Doris Duke Foundation), the National Endowment for the Arts, 3LD Art & Technology Center, Jerome Foundation, Multi-Arts Production (MAP) Fund.