CHOREOGRAPHY: ALEXANDER WHITLEY

DIGITAL DESIGN AND CONCEPT: MEMO AKTEN

MUSIC: SCANNER & OLIVER COATES

COSTUME DESIGN: JEAN-MARC PUISSANT


“I see the awakening of consciousness as a series of spaced flashes, with the intervals between them gradually diminishing until bright blocks of perception are formed, affording memory a slippery hold.” Vladimir Nabokov
 

In this visually arresting new work, Alexander Whitley and digital artist Memo Akten join forces at the cutting edge of dance and motion-responsive technology. Opening up questions about learning and memory in relation to artificial intelligence, Pattern Recognition furthers a line of enquiry drawing on Whitley’s interests in philosophy, technology and design that seeks to redefine the boundaries between dance and other art forms. 

Continuing a collaborative relationship initiated in the making of The Measures Taken, AWDC's first production, Whitley and Akten have been working to develop and use as the basis of the choreography a responsive system of moving lights which can track, learn from and intelligently respond to the two dancers it observes. 

 

Pattern Recognition is a Sadler's Wells commission and DanceEast co-commission. 

We are very grateful to our co-producers, Hessisches Staatsballett / Staatstheater Darmstadt & Hessisches Staatstheater Wiesbaden, and MA Scène Nationale – Pays de Montbéliard and the generous support from Arts Council England, Panalux, PRS for Music Foundation, Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, South East Dance, Goldsmiths University of London, Jerwood Space, Middlesex University, Greenwich Dance Agency, Prettybird UK and Charles Glanville Dixon. Special thanks to Juliette Larthe.

For more information contact Donna Meierdiercks: donna@alexanderwhitley.com 

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