String Figure Dances #1 is a short exploratory movement score put together by Lisa May Thomas, as part of her new practice-led research project Figuring. Lisa is working with a diverse collection of dancers, designers, digital technicians, and computational scientists, enabling an exchange of skills and knowledge between scientific and artistic practices to explore ideas around bodies, touch, materiality, sonification, cinematography, aesthetics and ethics in multi-person virtual reality.
Through the Figuring process, Lisa is transposing and re-choreographing ‘string figures’ which offer a mechanism for connecting bodies like nodes within a network, enabling bodies to feel the dynamics of other bodies through space. Figuring collaborators are exploring the evolution of these structures, and how they might be used to physically connect bodies which are simultaneously embedded in virtual spaces. They are also interested in how bodies embedded in the same virtual environment can collaboratively construct string figures using simulated strings; proteins, which are effectively pieces of molecular string that make life possible, will form the ‘raw material’ for these virtual string figures.
This score will be further developed in very different physical and virtual environments, and will form a part-performed, part-participatory element of a sharing taking place at the University of Bristol on Friday 21st September 2018.