Scene Design and production, Choreography, Sculpture, Costume, Animation, Dance: Karola Lüttringhaus
Composition, Programming, Concept, Sound Director, Dramaturgy: Samuel Allen Taylor
“Vita” is a deeply personal meditation on the complex relationship between biological life and technology, in both its glorious and tragic modes; and that some kind of mysterious yet elusive energetic synthesis of the two could propel humanity to a deeper state of resonance with nature. The work speaks of a gap between felt and imposed identity. "Vita" utilizes movement-capture technology which consists of sensors attached to the body that measure velocity, movement and luminosity. These are used by the dancer in conjunction with the composer, to realize a musical score live. The computer is "listening", poised and waiting for certain types of events and responding like an orchestra to a conductor, or perhaps sometimes more like a string to a bow.
A simple 45-Degree raked platform faces the audience, which, ideally is seated slightly elevated so as to look directly onto the platform surface. The performer climbs and moves inside paintings and animations that are projected to fit the platform exactly. The animations are the only lighting source.
The dark wires are visible on the light gray costume. Shoes are necessary to maintain traction on the steep rake and a reminscent of moccasins. Gray was chosen to allow the dancer to become projection surface as well as stand out against a white background.
Props: an artificial tree, a flexible sculpture made from light grey glittery material is brought onto the platform to fill the projection of a tree with something 3-dimensional.
Supported , in part, by supported by the Arts Council of Winston-Salem/Forsyth County, the Mary Duke Biddle Foundation, the John Wesley and Anna Hodgin Hanes Foundation, The Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art (SECCA), Wanda Plemmons and the Academy of Dance Arts, Naomi Greenberg, Dawn Shropshire, Jennifer O'Kelly, Tohm Judson, Fred Henderson, William Fields, Bonnie Dixon, Mary Morgan, the Dance Cooperative Wilmington NC, Michael Christiano, Ernie and Ellen Morris, Andy Turner, Samuel Allen Taylor, MOJO Musical Supply,
KC Barnard, Thompson King and Hanover Ironworks, Karola Lüttringhaus, and many, many others...
(video) vita3 trailer
(video) vita3 performance at Cucalorus Film Festival, November 2015
(video) 'vita II' sketch 'VITA 2' @ SARUS FESTIVAL
(video) excerpts of 'VITA'
(video) mini preview 'VITA'
Images of 'VITA' 2013: