28 Oct, Sun
(40mins no intermission
– excluding post-performance
talk & audience interaction)
Esplanade Theatre Studio
Limited concessions for students, NSF and senior citizens: $10
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Technology meets dance in this lecture performance by artist Choy Ka Fai. Inspired by the evolution of dance history in the last century, Ka Fai conducts a “muscle memory” experiment with dancer Joavien Ng in this boundary-pushing work. In Notion: Dance Fiction, sensors are attached to the body to transmit muscle vibrations into digital notations. These digital “muscle memory” implants attempt to condition the body in recreating a selection of iconic dance choreography.
After the lecture performance, audience members are invited to participate in an experiment for the Bionic Movement Research, if they so desire. Using similar techniques to electrical nerve stimulation, the experiment seeks to choreograph artificial muscle contraction and movement in a body. Don’t miss this rare chance to experience for yourself a futuristic vision of “learning” dance gestures through digitised muscle memory.
Notion: Dance Fiction was first developed as a part of a residency program curated by Arco Renz and hosted by STUK Art Center in Leuven (Belgium). Its creator, Choy Ka Fai, was conferred the Singapore Young Artist Award in 2010, and held the role of associate artistic director of TheatreWorks Singapore from 2007 to 2009. His works often centre around stories of history, and visions of the future.
Explorations: Find out more about this work and join us with a post-performance talk with the artist.
House Programme: Download programme notes here.