Combustible Residency 2018
Confront your digital divides
Join CounterPulse for a double bill evening featuring works by our 2018 Combustible Residency artists.
Combustible is a lab for intersecting art practices from dance and technology, carving a place to be deeply inquisitive and experiment on the edge of what is known. This year we present works that confront fractured geographies, behavioral retrograde, and the digital divides in our everyday lives. In a city deconstructed, can technology help us form connections?
IN CIVILITY #2: Outrage Machine by Deborah Slater/Deborah Slater Dance Theater & John Fesenko interrogates technology’s role in transforming how we perceive and interact with the world of others, normalizing unthinkable behavior through the guise of screens.
And yet, technology that augments an artist’s hand or a dancer’s body offers the promise of unmatched expressivity, making visual the experiences we are having internally and with each other, and perhaps helping us better connect. Instead of succumbing to media-fueled outrage, can we instead dance with our common humanity, enhanced by the very technology that so often is used to wedge us apart?
When technology tracks movement in virtual spaces and controls movement in physical spaces, feedback loops intensify.
TecTonic Shifts by dævron & Raissa Simpson’s PUSH Dance Company explores urban displacement and digital divides, shifting landscapes and cyber tremors. Sirens sound off in the face of chronic disaster with geographies fractured by evictions, increased surveillance and a legacy of redlining Black communities. Who decides what access and safety mean in the streets, circuits and software that shape a city?
Please join us for these special evenings
Sept 13-15 and 20-22, 2018
Thu, Fri, and Sat at 8pm
Thursdays are pay-what-you-can, reservable online!
Want to see the show for free? Email Justin to volunteer!
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The Combustible Residency is made possible by support from the Ken Hempel Fund for the Arts and by a Building Demand for the Arts Implementation grant from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.
[Pictured in cover photo: Hien Huynh and Derek Harris; Photo by Robbie Sweeny]