Big Tent/Streamlines at Butler University MidWinter Dance Festival February 11th-14th


I had a great 4 days working at the dance department at Butler University. The Big Tent/Streamlines project will be ready for the  Butler’s Dance Departments’s MidWinter Dance Festival February 11th-14th at the Howard L. Schrott Center for the Arts. Cynthia Pratt will be showing the stage version of the Streamlines Site Specific performance while the Big Tent video installation will be up and running in the lobby. Info about the MidWinter Dance Festival below.

Midwinter Dance Festival

Program A                                                         Program B
February 10, 7:00 PM                                         February 11, 7:00 PM
February 12, 7:30 PM                                         February 13, 7:30 PM
February 13, 2:00 PM                                         February 14, 2:00 PM

Howard L. Schrott Center for the Arts

Tickets: $20.00 adults; $15 senior; $10 Butler students

Tickets can also be purchased in person at the Clowes Memorial Hall Box Office during normal business hours.

This bold combination of classical ballet and modern dance includes two exciting programs in repertory. The festival features the world premiere of a new work by Canadian choreographer Lesley Telford along with guest performances by the Eva Jacz Dance Ensemble from Bratislava and works by resident choreographers Marek Cholewa, Patrick Hinson, Stephan Laurent, Susan McGuire, Cynthia Pratt, and Derek Reid.


Below are some pics and video of our 4 days of work in the studio. Enjoy!







Streamlines and Big Tent: A New Video Project


I am excited to be starting a new video project in collaboration with choreographer Cynthia Pratt (Professor of Dance at Butler University), Ben Smith (Assistant Professor at Indiana University-Purdue University), and Robin Cox (Founder & Executive Director at Iridian Art and Assistant Professor at Indiana University-Purdue University).

The video material will be taken from a live dance site-specific performance that was choreographed by Cynthia Pratt and performed by the Butler University dance majors. I spent a few days in Indianapolis filming the dancers on site gathering material for documentation and shooting footage that will be used in a dance video installation with Big Tent: A portable multimedia performance environment – 360 degrees of sound and visuals integration.

The dance and video installation are part of a much bigger project called StreamLines: an interactive, place-based project that merges the sciences and the arts to advance the community’s understanding and appreciation of Indianapolis’ waterways. This work is made possible by a grant from the National Science Foundation and is modeled on the City as Living Laboratory/FRAMEWORK.

I got to spend some time playing around with Big Tent and the dance footage at the IMA; Indianapolis Museum of Art. We plan to have our first showing of Big Tent in February at the Butler University February Dance Concert and again in April.

Below are pictures from my day at work at the IMA and Big Tent!