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Alison Clancy & Light Harvest Studio: Motion-Capture Choreography Meets Architectural Projection Mapping
One of the more thrilling projects I've worked on lately is co-writing, choreographing, advising and performing motion-capture choreography for Light Harvest Studio's massive video-mapping pieces. These collaborations with visionary artistic director Ryan Uzilevsky have been projected on buildings and at music & art festivals all over the world. It's hard to get a sense of scale for these massive projects on these tiny screens. And I've been reticent to even try to talk about it or explain it to anyone cuz the whole things blows my mind, so thank you CBS for airing this feature:
If you've had a giant flaming goddess looming over you at rave (Burning Man, Robot Heart, Central Park, Lightning In A Bottle Festival, etc.) in the last 4 years... surprise it was me, partying with you.
And as a flaming 🌎 goddess my message to mankind is:
GET UR SH*T 2GETHER & STOP F*CKN WITH ME 🌍
Light Harvest Studio was the first collective to integrate animated, motion-capture choreography into large scale, architectural video mapping. The process involves building scale-proportioned scaffolding models, of specific buildings, in motion capture studios. Then we choreograph and perform to interact with these models while wearing motion capture suits. This allows dancers to interact with scaffolding as if we are interacting with the building itself. In our piece The Awakening JayDonn builds, destroys, and reimagine the massive structure multiple times.
I met Light Harvest’s Artistic Director Ryan Uzilevsky when I was 19. I put on a blank white mask and performed a bizarre dance solo for him in my East Village studio apartment. We've connected at random points in time to make epic weird sh*t ever since.
Also featured in the CBS video is the death defying arial of Anya Sapozhnikova, dancing by Chelsea Ainsworth and Lauren Stucko, and the work of many talented designers, animators and projection technicians. Special thanks to Luma Projection Arts Festival.
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