An interactive dance/media concert staged in Beijing that situates performers in a processed landscape of media fragments (images, texts, sounds, movement, memories) sampled from cities real and imaginary.

Dancers on stage were accompanied by projected visuals using John Crawford’s Active Space intermedia performance system to process a live onstage camera feed combined with dance footage recorded on location and an architectural rendering of texts from the Invisible Cities of Italo Calvino. Urban Fabric: Beijing is one in a series of interactive dance/media works staged in Europe, China and California. Influenced and inspired by Calvino’s stories, the Urban Fabric project reflects on the urban experience as an embodiment of collective memory, a repository for narrative that continually evolves through our physical responses to the circumstances we inhabit. Commissioned by Beijing Dance Academy.

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Beijing Dance Academy, China


Director & media designer, live video mix: John Crawford

Choreographer: Lisa Naugle

Composer: Alan Terricciano

Design & choreography assistant: Lauren Thompson

Concert dancers: Beijing Dance Academy students

Location footage: Beijing Dance Academy students

Additional video dancers: Christine Crest, Anna Kaiser, Carlene Lei, Carrie Smaczny

Production date: September 2006