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Live Stage: Schwelle II [fr Paris]

michael_room4.jpgSchwelle II at Festival EXIT, Maison des Arts, Creteil (Paris) France :: March 28 – 29, 2008.

Schwelle is a three part new media and performance project using cutting edge acoustic and interactive technologies to explore the extreme threshold states of consciousness that constitute human experience. Schwelle II is a live performance in which the audience confronts a lone single performer Michael Schumacher, master improviser and former dancer with William Forsythe’s Frankfurt Ballet, experiencing the traumatic transition period between death and rebirth. Utilizing wireless sensor networks in the room and on the dancer’s body, Part II creates a stage environment where light and sound take on their own choreography, performing with Schumacher, breathing, and behaving alongside him. Where does the body end and the room begin? What happens in the threshold where body and room merge, mutually influencing and transforming each other?

After runs in Berlin (Tesla) and Place des Arts/Elektra (Montreal), Schwelle II will have its French premiere at the renowned Festival EXIT International, at the Maison des Arts, Creteil, in Paris.

Concept/Direction: Chris Salter in collaboration with Michael Schumacher
Performer: Michael Schumacher
Dramaturgy: Heidi Gilpin
Lighting: Leah Xiao
Interactive Lighting Design/Programming: Harry Smoak
Sound Design/Programming: Marije Baalman, Daniel Grigsby, Chris Salter,
Philip Viel
Interaction Design/Sensing/Programming: Marije Baalman
Production Technical Director: Harry Smoak
Management: Dieta Sixt

With the support of Tesla Medien Kunst Labor-Berlin, Transmediale, ACREQ, Hexagram, Concordia University, FQRSC


Mar 21, 2008
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