CityDance Announces Commission by the Kennedy Center to Resident Artist Sarah J. Ewing and Collaborator Dylan Uremovich.
One of the first projects commissioned for the Moonshot Studio at the Kennedy Center’s newly expanded campus, the REACH.
Washington, DC - CityDance Resident Artist Sarah J. Ewing and her collaborator Dylan Uremovich have been selected to install their interactive dance project Analog: Install in The Kennedy Center’s newly expanded campus, the REACH, as one of the first works commissioned for the Moonshot Studio.
Analog: Install is designed to mirror a choreographer's movement explorations during their creative process. This free interactive exhibit will run throughout the entire festival, September 7 - 22, 2019. Longer educational workshops will begin after the festival and run until the end of the year.
“People will learn to use the tools that choreographers enlist to develop ideas, movements, and phrases into a dance performance. Using motion-tracking technology and real-time projection, participants will be able to turn, leap, and jump unfettered by the limitations of their physical bodies and propelled by their imaginations,” said Ewing.
Participants will stand in front of a projected screen, face to face with an avatar made up of digital particles. Following simple prompts, their movements will bring the avatar to life. A depth perception camera will track the coordinates of the participant’s skeleton and this data will be inputted into Unity, a gaming program, that will activate the avatar. Participants will control elements of their virtual choreography, such as the size and speed of the generated artwork, using an iPad. The goal is to educate the community about the elements of movement composition through technology.
The Kennedy Center's REACH Moonshot Studio is specifically designed to hold interactive arts programming for all ages, with a mission and vision to provide opportunities for people to engage with the creative process. Throughout the festival, visitors of all ages can spend time delving into various art forms, exploring stories and themes from the Center’s stages, and creating their own works of art.