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In Performance: Toni Dove’s Lucid Possession (NYC)

Toni Dove’s Lucid Possession
Thursday, April 25, 26, 27 2013 @ 8:00 pm

509 Atlantic Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11217
(917) 267-0363


Lucid Possession is a futuristic dramatized song-cycle that unfolds in a haunting display of the admixture of the human and the robotic, the spiritual and the digital. Employing a state-of-the-art motion-sensing system designed by Dove and R. Luke DuBois and an astonishing assemblage of video projections, an unforgettable performance emerges as characters, both live on stage and programmed video avatars alike, interact in increasing intensity to dramatize a contemporary ghost story: a poetic musing on managing the mass of information ‘noise.’ The result is a complex three-dimensional, automated video pop-up book in which the characters – real and virtual – are brought to life through motion, voice, and robotic technology, and the boundaries of the real and virtual are blurred, mirroring our rapidly-changing emotional and cognitive landscape.

A Live-Mix Cinema Performance

Performed by Toni Dove, Hai-Ting Chinn (mezzo soprano),
with a live score by Todd Reynolds.

R. Luke DuBois: Software Design
Songs composed by Elliott Sharp
Bob McGrath: Co-Director of Staging
Ed Bear and Matt Tennie: Technical Directors, live robotics/sound control
Costume design and screen fabrication Karen Young
Robotics by Leif Krinkle and Ed Bear

Co-Produced by Roulette, Issue Project Room, and HERE.

Toni Dove has produced hybrid performance, installation and screen based work since the early 1990s that is a fusion of film, game or instrument based interaction, and experimental theater. In her work, performers and participants interact with an unfolding narrative, using interface technologies such as motion sensing, iPad and laser harp to “perform” on-screen avatars. Dove’s work has been presented in the United States, Europe, and Canada, as well as in print and on radio and television. Her projects include interactive installations: Archeology of a Mother Tongue, (virtual reality) at Banff Centre; Artificial Changelings:premieres: Rotterdam Film Festival, USA; Body Mécanique at the Wexner Center for the Arts, Ohio; Spectropia, a feature-length live-mix movie performance, at Lincoln Center, Scanners, the New York Video Festival 2006; Cleveland at the Ingenuity festival 2007; premiered: Wexner Center for the Arts; REDCAT, LA Nov 2007; the Zero1 Festival of Art on the Edge, San Jose, 2008, EMPAC, Troy NY, 2008, the Kitchen, NYC, 2010, Roulette, NY, 2012.

Dove was appointed to the 2000/2003 Government Advisory Committee on Information Technology and Creativity, National Research Council, USA. She is the granddaughter of American abstract painter Arthur Dove.

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Caden Manson is a director, media artist, and teacher. He is co-founder of the media ensemble and network, blog, and publisher, He has co-created, directed, video- and set designed 18 Big Art Group productions. Manson has shown video installations in Austria, Germany, NYC, and Portland; performed PAIN KILLER in Berlin, Singapore and Vietnam; Taught in Berlin, Rome, Paris, Montreal, NYC, and Bern; the ensemble has been co-produced by the Vienna Festival, Festival d’Automne a Paris, Hebbel Am Ufer, Rome’s La Vie de Festival, PS122, and Wexner Center for The Arts. Caden is a 2001 Foundation For Contemporary Art Fellow, is a 2002 Pew Fellow and a 2011 MacDowell Fellow. Writing has been published in PAJ, Theater Magazine, and Theater der Zeit. Caden is currently an associate professor and graduate directing option coordinator of The John Wells Directing Program at Carnegie Mellon University’s School of Drama.

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