Alexander Whitley Dance Company
Bits and bytes flicker in the cold light; warm, wild, expressive bodies moving among them. Can we exist outside of our bodies? Can you banish our brains’ contents onto a computer chip? The pandemic has accelerated the digitisation of our living together, major corporations found virtual worlds, and our physical experience is, more and more, moving into cyberspace.
Anti-Body investigates whether we humans are able to retain our singular nature or instead, one day, dissolve into an algorithmic universe. Motion capture markers on the dancers’ bodies project them into a virtual world, distort them and superelevate their movements – as avatars, they vaporise humans into an eerie beauty.
Duration: 60 min.
Artistic Direction, Choreography: Alexander Whitley; Lead Creative Programming, Interactive Visual Arts: Uncharted Limbo Collective; Composers, Producers: Hannah Peel, Kincaid; Dancers: Joshua Attwood, Hannah Ekholm, Chia-Yu Hsu; Creative Technology: Luca Biada, Fenyce; Lighting Design: Sarah Danielle Martin; Costume Design: Juliette Ho; Dramaturgy: Patrick Eakin Young; Technical Director: Dom Martin. Executive Director and Producer: Donna Meierdiercks; Head of Marketing: Nina Baker; Head of Digital Marketing: Alexander Robinson; Fundraiser: Hamble Wallace; Project Coordinators: Emi Del Bene, Natasha Arcoleo; Head of Digital Education and Engagement: Stacie Lee Bennett-Worth.
Anti-Body is supported by Arts Council England and DCMS Cultural Recovery Fund, DanceEast, Edwin Fox Foundation, ERMAK Group, MA scène nationale – Pays de Montbéliard, Nicholas Berwin Charitable Trust, Charles Glanville and the generous support of individual donors. In-kind support from Queen Mary University, London, Target 3D and Sodium. AWDC’s major funders are the John Ellerman Foundation and the Foyle Foundation. With thanks to the AWDC Trustees for their unwavering trust and generosity.
Guest performance sponsored by the British Council. Supported by Bündnis internationaler Produktionshäuser, funded by the German Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media.