Short Teaser of STEER (from 55 minutes full-length choreographic work)
World Premiere at Harbourfront Centre's World Stage 11-14 May 2016
at the Fleck Dance Theatre, Toronto, Canada.
Conceived by: William Yong in collaboration with Jérôme Delapierre and Navid Navab
Choreographed and performed by: William Yong
Interaction and Visual Designer: Jérôme Delapierre
Interaction and Sound Designer: Navid Navab
Sensor System Designer: Navid Navab
Additional Visual Designer and Research Strategist: Elysha Poirier
Lighting Designer: Arun Srinivasan
Set & Prop Designer and Production: James Kendal
Costume Designer: Angel Spendlove
Costume Production: Krista Dowson
Writer: Stephen Trigg
Stage Manager and Production Manager: Kennedy Brooks
Video Documentation: Jeremy Mimnagh and Jérôme Delapierre
Video editing: William Yong
Photography Documentation: David Hou and James Kendal
Costume at workshops stage designed by Carl Penny
***Zata Omm’s Steer is produced with Harbourfront Centre’s World Stage. Early stage of technology research was funded by George Cedric Metcalf Charitable Foundation. Steer is generously funded by Toronto Arts Council, Ontario Arts Council and Harbourfront Centre.
About the production:
Steer exposes imaginary inner worlds through a fusion of biology, technology. The interplay of sound, visuals and light drives movement, interacting with and responding to sensors. We direct our focus and energy between the internal and external worlds by modulating the speed and dynamics of our own motion. The performance establishes a bridge to a dreamlike state and manifests the hidden world of thought into reality. Steer considers the impact on humanity of the merging of flesh and technology.
Dancer’s movements are processed through frameworks of technology: real time motion capture, infrared light and camera, accelerometer motion sensors and piezoelectric sensors. The inputs from these sensors are interpreted in real-time by computer software, sound artist and visual artist to produce interactive lighting, sounds and visuals that are both initiated by and and generated by the dancer’s movements.
About Zata Omm:
Zata Omm Dance Projects is Zen and the Actualization of Modern Movement. Artistic Director William Yong has made the organization a site for research focusing on the integration of dance, technology and broader culture. Zata Omm is in a state of constant development with ongoing artistic research to explore the artistic climate, reflect contemporary culture and lead the emerging artistic trends. Zata Omm’s objective is to create multidisciplinary contemporary dance works integrating dance, technology and other art forms onstage in order to provide an alternative way of seeing our world, which facilitates our exploration and understanding of the human condition.
Zata Omm is a forward-thinking dance company with a unique and compelling style of aesthetic and is renowned for its ability to humanize technical and technological elements in dance to create a deep impact and connection with the audiences. Our creations are thought-provoking, often express profound messages or revelations and are valuable contributions to our artistic discipline.
Critics hailed Steer as:
“Otherworldly, impossibly beautiful. These are unknown compounds creating a new universe.”
Lucy Rupert (Blue Ceiling Dance)
“a hauntingly beautiful story that portrayed the inner workings of a human mind in a technological age...idea to fuse of so many artistic mediums was cutting edge and truly wonderful.”
“The beast of technology came up against the angel of civilized beauty...the show’s relentlessness gave it its own unique force... its effect will stay with me…”
Martha Schabas (The Globe and Mail)
A magical blend of choreography, visuals and sound ... the work is a ride, with Yong as conductor, through an innovative territory of play and risk. Beautiful and thought-provoking ... watching the wizard at work is a transfixing experience throughout. - Brittany Duggan (The Dance Current Magazine)
Sophisticated ultra-technology ... combines with Yong’s sensuous physicality to produce a stunning visual, sonic, and choreographic piece that explores an imaginary world. - Keith Garebian (stageandpage.com)
With his powerful solo piece, Steer, ... Yong raised the bar once again taking the audience members on quite the journey. - Ashima Suri (mooneyontheatre.com)
Steer (25 min version) as half of a double-billed production in the 'Dance: Made in Canada/Fait au Canada' Festival won the top honour from NOW magazine as Number One in their top five dance shows in 2013 for the year in their review: '...rigorous, virtuosic solos looking in completely different directions...Stunning.' - Kathleen Smith (Now Magazine)