SWARM an experiment in progress (15m)
a Troika Ranch creation
Mark Coniglio - music, video and software
Dawn Stoppiello - choreography, costume and direction
Performers: Ryan Cardwell, Jessica Fox, Summer Logan, Nicole Perrone, Kameron Stambaugh, Erika Toderic
Still in-progress, Troika Ranch’s SWARM is an immersive, multimedia installation/performance that uses simple visual stimuli to call the audience and performers into action. The unpredictable nature of audience behavior coupled with their attempt to follow the simple instructions creates a group complexity of movement that cannot be intentionally configured.
About Troika Ranch - troikaranch.org
Troika Ranch is the artistic platform for the collaborative works of its founders, choreographer Dawn Stoppiello and composer/media artist Mark Coniglio. Troika Ranch creates contemporary, hybrid artworks through an ongoing examination of the moving body and its relationship to technology. This aesthetic framework has informed Troika Ranch's artistic output on every level since its inception in 1994 and has earned the company a critically acclaimed international reputation. Troika Ranch has been honored with a “Bessie” Award, a prize from Ars Electronica and has received major support from The Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, the MAP Fund, the Arts Council England and the Jerome foundation among others.
Stoppiello, a 2004 recipient of the Princess Grace Foundation’s Statue Award, lives in Portland, OR where she has been presenting works through her Salon du Garage a site-specific series for experimentation in close-up, informal, improvisational, participatory performance making. Mark Coniglio, the 2012 winner of the World Technology Award lives in Berlin, Germany where he continues to pioneer in the field of interactive live performance with the development of his critically acclaimed software Isadora®. From these two bases, and many places in between, Troika Ranch builds upon a 'body of work' that fosters many points of contact with the public - through collaborative, multi-media performances, installations and films; annual intensive workshops on live-media collaboration; and with publications and lectures on live-media performance.
Support for SWARM has come from Sinlab Experimental Stage Laboratory, Lausanne, Switzerland; Zürcher Hochschule der Künste, Zürich, Switzerland; Carleton College, Northfield, MN and Marshall University, Huntington, WV.