Returning Choreographic Fellow | March 5-13, 2015
Extra Shapes is a movement event for lunging figures, a musical concert for loudspeakers, and a light show. Choreographer DD Dorvillier continues to pursue an ongoing interest in the formal tensions and impossibilities that exist between the mediums of sound, light, and bodies in the realm of the stage and its spectacle while proposing a new way of experiencing and thinking about abstraction in a live situation.
Featuring a separate and simultaneous scores for dancers, loudspeakers, and lights Extra Shapes occupies a rectangular space divided into three horizontal stripes of equal depth. Each stripe is assigned a medium – sound, light, dance. Dorvillier imagines this construct as if it were a rectangular slice of Neopolitan ice cream – three separate bands of ice cream, strawberry (sound), vanilla (light), chocolate (movement). Rotating the plate, to view each of its sides, creates four different perspectives on the same 20 minute long sequence. The object itself, the rectangle of sound, light, and dance (like the imagined rectangle of ice cream) stays the same. The viewer’s perspective completes the piece.
The content of Extra Shapes is developed independently by each collaborator, and emerges, in part, out of the practical issues that arise from this playful proposition of a high-tech rotation of a giant slice of Neopolitan ice cream.
While at MANCC, Dorvillier and dancers Walter Dundervill and Katerina Andreou focused on refining the dance stripe, while composer Sébastien Roux continued to research and experiment with sound spatialization and the finalization of the sound score. Additionally, scholar Dr. Daniel Sack was embedded in the residency from March 10 - 13 to respond to and support the documentation of the process. Sack, formerly a professor of Theatre Studies at FSU and now faculty at UM-Amherst, first worked with Dorvillier in September 2012 when he moderated a panel on “Performance as Research.”
This residency was funded, in part, by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Extra Shapes by DD Dorvillier/ human future dance corps was commissioned by EMPAC/ Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY and premiered there on March 20, 2015.
Collaborators in residence: Walter Dundervill, Katerina Andreou [dancers], and Sébastien Roux [composer]