Excerpts (16:30) from an interactive evening-length performance conceived of by Maida Withers that features dance, cyber worlds, ensemble "live" music. Dancers using the wireless mouse manipulate in real time computer art combined with images of the SUN from NASA. This performance was in Lisner Auditorium in Washington, DC. April 2001.
I: "The Sun/Virtual Sun"
II: "Solar Wind Towards Magnetosphere"
III: "Magnetic Storm Seen from Above"
IV: "View from the Earth"
"A poetic journey through space using real-time interaction with cyberworlds and movies and images of the sun and the aurora seen as a natural phenomenon."
An evening-length work of dance, music, and visual presentation. A groundbreaking poetic voyage in space from the Sun through Earth’s auroras, the mystic luminaries of the arctic and Antarctic skies also known as the northern and southern lights. In it’s vision, Dance of the Auroras reclaims the connections between science and art, between technology and the natural world. This eloquent and innovative performance draws its audience into a ritual both ancient and new. Dancers using the wireless mouse alter and manipulate, real time, large-scale projected cyber world, 3-D animations by Tania Fraga, computer artist. Movies and images of the Sun and the Earth’s auroras from orbiting spacecraft and special ground-based cameras are featured along with music performed live by the Global House Band, Oslo, Norway. Dance of the Auroras premiered at The Northern Lights Festival in Tromsö, Norway, January 27, 2001 and in Washington, DC at Lisner Auditorium, a 1500 seat theatre, on February 15 and 16, 2001. MWDCCo collaborated with Kannon Dance Company to perform in St. Petersburg, Russia with Russian dancers performing Part III. A presentation was given at the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum Planetarium in Washington, DC.