2007-2008 Dance Company of Middlebury
I'M RIGHT, YOU'RE WRONG
Tour of Oakland, Sacramento, Monterey, CA
For the 2007-2008 season, the Dance Company of Middlebury developed and presented I'm Right, You're Wrong, a multi-media dance theatre performance. The one-hour piece conceptually looks at the question of "what is justice?" and explores both the compassionate and destructive consequences of conflict. The performance operates within an interactive media environment by real time digital artist Marlon Barrios Solano. Using an array of cameras, computers and projectors, Solano creates a landscape where the dancers trigger and interact with sound textures and video images that transform the space.
Solano uses improvisational software to capture and manipulate images of the performers and the space in real time, creating a feedback loop in which the images influence the movement and vice versa. This process, combined with prerecorded footage and still images, integrates a matrix of technology that evokes questions of privacy, observation, our impact on our surroundings, and our increasing dependence on digital input to perceive and interpret the world around us.
The work engaged five Middlebury students in the creative process of constructing and developing the piece during the Fall Semester 2007 and Winter Term 2008. Company members included Alena Giesche '10, James Gutierrez '07, Adriane Medina '08, Yina Ng '09, and Simon Thomas-Train '09.
In addition to creating I'm Right, You're Wrong as an ensemble, the students had the opportunity to travel into the community to work with people who are in direct dialogue with the question of justice. Workshops with women at the Southeast State Correctional Facility in Windsor, Vermont, provided students a window into an environment where women are struggling to come to terms with the consequences of their actions or are questioning the injustices of an imperfect system.
I'm Right, You're Wrong premiered at Middlebury College in the Mahaney Center for the Arts Dance Theatre at the end of Winter Term 2008. Additional regional performances took place at the Southeast State Correctional Facility and at the University of Vermont in Burlington. In February the Company took the piece on tour to the San Francisco /Bay area for performances at Oakland School for the Arts, Monterey Institute of International Studies, and Mills College. In addition to gaining valuable performance experience, students had the opportunity to take other dance classes, see performances by local companies, and absorb the spirit of diversity and experimentation so characteristic of this vibrant city.