dan/ce = m/usic = da/nce = musi/c is a interactive dance performance for two dancers and one digital reactive music creation system.
Choreographer Bernard Baumgarten and sound artist Patrick Muller get together to elaborate this multidisciplinary project which reverses the dependence of dance on the rigid monologue of music. In dan/ce = m/usic = da/nce = musi/c, the music becomes slave to the dancer’s movements.
An interaction feedback loop is created by means of motion tracking: the dancers generate and control the music in real time, and at the same time, the music influences the movements of the dancers. However, the aim of this system is not to generate a random order of sounds, but to produce a structured, coherent and dramaturgical piece of dance and music, flexible enough to be individual at every performance.
Technically speaking: The dancers' motions are tracked by a Microsoft Kinect. The generated data remote controls a set of parameters of the generative composition,
which was designed and programmed for this project. Now the dancers can control musical parameters like harmonic structures, speed, note length, rhythm, metrum, and tonality of the music,
by moving into different positions.
Concept, programming, music composition – Patrick Muller
Choreography – Bernard Baumgarten
Dancers – Grégory Beaumont, Jorge Soler Bastia
Light Design – Brice Durand
Photography – Bohumil
Photo: Bohumil Brice Durand, Grégory Beaumont, Bernard Baumgarten, Jorge Soler Bastia, Patrick Muller
testing the Microsoft Kinect tracking camera performance
Microsoft Kinect tracking camera and monitor for the dancers, as it appears on stage
first tests at the rehearsal rooms of the TROIS C-L