SHOW TITLE: Analog
PRODUCER: Katharine Hawthorne
HAILING FROM: California
SHOW DESCRIPTION: A physically explosive dance performance about the mechanics of human motion.
WHAT CAUGHT MY INTEREST: I caught hers, actually — she sought out my contact information, but it only took a brief glance at her body of work for me to be glad that she did. Her dances performed in front of projections of technical charts is more than enough to pique the interest of a science geek like me.
Just who do you think you are, anyway?
So what’s the big idea?
Bodies! and machines! Analog looks at how human motion has been mechanized and controlled. It asks how technology has influenced how we see and use our bodies. Similar to a tinker/toymaker or an engineer, I break down movement into component pieces and then reassemble it. The title Analog refers to a way of knowing the body that is a bit out of date or anachronistic, and is not a simplification (in contrast to the way digital mediums compress information). Most importantly, in Analog I dance with four extraordinary humans, whose performances reveal the body’s athletic power and its limitations.
How did you come up with a screwy idea like that?
Why should I care?
I think this piece will change how you think about your body. I don’t presume to have deep conclusions about the mechanics of human motion or our relationship to technology, but I do think that if you come spend an hour with us, you might look at your body in a new way.
Justify your show’s existence in haiku form.