A Sadler's Wells commission and DanceEast co-commission.
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 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.
ⓒ Tristram Kenton