You be the voyeur

This month saw the first staging of ‘You be the voyeur’, an interactive performance piece which combines dance with wearable technology. It was premiered at NEoN Festival in Dundee.

The performance takes place in a small dark space – in this case the back of a Ford Transit van. Each person is given a torch to find their own way in the darkness. When their beams of light discover a figure in the shadows the interaction of light on her dress creates synthesised sound. What follows is an improvised piece where movement, audience interaction and generative sound work together to create a one off performance. We were only able to video one of the rehearsals but this gives some idea of the experience.

Now I am looking at ways to developing this project further with future performances in the new year. The dress is a functioning prototype which was made for less than £40. I’ll add some pictures and information on how exactly it came together in a later post. Now that I know the concept works I plan to modify the dress to give a cleaner aesthetic.

‘You be the voyeur’ wouldn’t have come together without lots of help: Clare Monte the dancer was amazing at working with my ideas and new technology to create some fantastic results; Yann Seznec created the synths and gave me some invaluable technical guidance; Noiseclub for filming the work and moral support on the night; and finally thank you to Donna Holford-Lovell and Clare Brennan at NEoN who were very supportive and gave me the space to show the piece.

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