FILTER is a multidisciplinary performance that will examine pattern recognition and perceptual faculties, applied to the moving body, and the human eye. This collaboration between Cuban-American visual artist Anthony Goicolea and Tunisian-American choreographer Jonah Bokaer, with newly commissioned music by
ECHOSPACE, the work will stage movement in relationship to built spaces, objects, lighting, and other media, creating illusions in space through synthesizing choreography, visual design, and sound. That is to say, the production will create beautiful illusions of expanded space through the use of movement, visual design,
lighting, objects, and other media including scenography and sound design.
FILTER will disassemble common definitions of Dance, Performance, Sculpture, and Architecture, and is to be experimental in the forms it produces. The collaborating artists will use techniques that include choreography, set design, and sound art, while expanding the traditional roles of each. This work is to be collaborative between choreographer, visual designer, and composer, and will be realized with support through a dynamic residency and co-commissioning partnership.
An additional aim of the work is to continue exploring movement perception through Bokaer’s recent production REPLICA, involving explorations into neuroscience, facilitated by the U.S. National Academy of Sciences. Research with EMDR testing (Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing) will occur, to study
the psychotic movements of the human eye, allowing the collaborators to stage work that literally challenges eye movement patterns of performing artists, and audiences. The visceral depiction of the body in Les Demoiselles d’Avignon will be used as an abstract springboard to create new movement for the stage in a non-representational manner, but with primitive vigor and abandon.
Choreographer and artists will be in residency at the CDC - Les Hivernales in February 2011.
Choreographer & Direction: Jonah Bokaer
Scenography & Installation: Anthony Goicolea
Electronic Music: Echospace
Original Music: Chris Garneau
Interpretation: David Rafaël Botana, Anthony Goicolea, James McGinn, Adam Weinert
Costumes: Guillaume Boulez
Costumes Design: Alexander Meier & Anke Gründel (NYC)
Lights: Aaron Copp
Stage Manager: Julie Seitel
Compagnie Manager: Samuel Stonefield
With the support of Works & Process au Guggenheim, FUSIONNES, Centre Ferst du Georgia Institute of Technology, FUSED / French U.S. Exchange in Dance.
Special thanks to CPR, Frank Sonntag, Ellen Jacobs, Roos Christina, KINGSFOUNTAIN, Julie George, Emmanuel Serafini, George Thompson, Barbara Watson and Henry Pillsbury.