A novel multimedia dance efficiency impressed by the Thirteenth-century Sufi custom of “whirling dervishes” and the flamenco custom of southern Spain — mixed with a contemporary technological twist — is coming to the Market Corridor Performing Arts Centre in Peterborough on September 9 and 10.
Offered by Public Power Performing Arts as the primary manufacturing of its twenty ninth season and supported by the New Canadians Centre, Digital Dervish and Flamenco Sonic combines authentic digital projections, dwell efficiency, and wearable expertise in a piece by Canadian Hedy Hurban, head of performing arts of the U.Okay. creative firm Firoza, which takes an avant-garde method to modern Islamic artwork.
An area connection comes with visible artist Kaz Rahman, who’s Firoza’s creative director and the filmmaker and manufacturing designer for Digital Dervish and Flamenco Sonic. Rahman grew up in Peterborough earlier than transferring to the U.S. and ultimately settling within the U.Okay. along with his companion Hurban. Along with visible results by Barış Çelik, Rahman created the efficiency’s dynamic projections that envelop the viewers in a mesmerizing setting.
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Digital Dervish and Flamenco Sonic begins with a dervish, a member of the Sufi spiritual order of Islam identified for the “sema” custom — a “whirling” dance and meditative ritual courting again to Thirteenth century that’s nonetheless practiced at the moment by the Mevlevi Sufis in Turkey. The dervish, carried out by Mayez Rahman, wakes up from a dream to the sounds of birds and nature and begins to meditate and carry out his sema. He turns into enveloped in a storm of chaos as he whirls wildly after which collapses, the place he turns into dormant once more.
A flamenco dancer, carried out by Carolina Loyola-Garcia, notices the dervish and begins to maneuver in comparable patterns, evoking her “duende” — a heightened state of emotion, expression, and authenticity that has been referred to as “a particular state of flamenco grace” — in an try and awaken the dervish. The 2 dancers change their sounds and actions till they grow to be intertwined in a climactic whirling that encompasses music, imagery, and bodily motion.
A contemporary technological twist of the manufacturing is its use of the “soundrop”, a small wearable gadget designed by Hurban — an digital music composer, choreographer, and costume designer — to trace particular actions of a performer and map these actions to sounds and LED lights. Connected to the wrist or ankle, the soundrop turns into an extension of the performer’s physique.
VIDEO: “Digital Dervish and Flamenco Sonic” trailer
Performances of Digital Dervish and Flamenco Sonic happen at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, September ninth and at 1 p.m. on Saturday, September tenth. Every 30-minute efficiency will probably be adopted by an on-stage question-and-answer session with the artists.
For these unable to attend, the September tenth efficiency will probably be livestreamed and a recording will probably be out there for one week following the efficiency.
“However you received’t get the total impact of projections that immerse the dancers and their actions that affect the sound and lights through wearable tech,” reads a media launch from Public Power.
Tickets for each the in-person and livestreamed performances of Digital Dervish and Flamenco Sonic are “decide a value,” beginning as little as $5, and can be found upfront at tickets.markethall.org.
For extra details about Public Power and Digital Dervish and Flamenco Sonic, go to publicenergy.ca.
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