An extreme experience: a man and a woman nearly breathe the life out of each other. This is how French choreographer David Wampach opens up a new perspective on Vaslav Nijinsky’s The Rite of Spring in his latest piece SACRE. Together with dancer Tamar Shelef he exhausts himself on stage in the process. Only traces are left of the original. Some patterns of movement and a few notes of Stravinsky’s music. In a minimalist setting, with a grotesque and eerie touch, Wampach and Shelef work with hyperventilation so excessively that even the audience nearly lose their breath.
At the Inventgenuity Festival, kids will playfully and productively investigate what digital technology and manual mechanisms have in common. In two days of hands-on workshops and on-going collective projects led by expert makers and manipulators of sound, image, electricity, and motion kids will explore this year’s theme, DIGITAL BY HAND.
Says Beam Center’s Co-Founder Danny Kahn: “We love watching kids jump behind and beyond the screen to discover how the magic is made and meeting the artists and engineers that make it through nothing less than hard work, persistence and imagination. We feel it’s our job, our mission really, to physicalize and make play out of concepts that are generally veiled in mystery and expertise.”
In the weekend’s big Project designed by Allen Riley, “Physical Video Processing Unit,” kids will become the bits and bytes of a room-sized video machine creating filters and video effects with bodies and a VHS tape. Participation in the project is free. Attendees may also sign-up for one of the rotating slate of 45-minute workshops. Scheduled workshops will explore DIGITAL BY HAND through animation (Brett Van Aalsburg), sound (Daniel Fishkin), convection (Reid Bingham), electronics (Susan Ngo), handmade motors (Eun Jung (EJ) Park), and painting (Jaclyn Brown).
Dates + Times
January 10–12, 7:30pm
January 13, 5pm
January 14, 7:30pm
The Main Gallery
51 Bergen St.