The Department of Film & Media Arts, Department of Modern Dance, and TWIG Media Lab are bubbling at the brim with excitement for their upcoming project, “TRAVERSE.” On May 9, six dancers and one choreographer will set off on a five-day journey across Utah with four filmmakers, stopping at off-the-beaten-path locations to choreograph and film works inspired by the landscape.
“The creation of these dances, along with the stories of the dancers will be recorded in a documentary style approach by the filmmakers,” explained Chris Lee, faculty member for the Department of Film & Media Arts. “The performance of these pieces will be filmed in a highly stylized manner that utilizes cutting edge film technique, including aerial videography, time-lapse, 4.6 K Resolution, varied frame rates allowing for speed manipulation and camera rigs that lend themselves to movement.”
Selected modern dance students will work with Kevin Hanson, Executive Producer of the project and Chair of the Department of Film & Media Arts, Connie Wilkerson, faculty for the Department of Film & Media Arts, and Eric Handman, faculty for the Department of Modern Dance. “TRAVERSE” hopes to contribute to the conversation about the convergence and interdisciplinary nature of dance and new media as well as how the camera perspective and movement alters, enhances, and shifts the impact of the dance.
This multi-faceted experiment is set to take place in one of the most beautiful places on earth: the state of Utah. Its intense, varied, and vivid landscapes offer the three-dimensional canvas on which the art-making will occur. The other unique aspects of this project are the suggested camera techniques. Aerial videography, once the domain of multi-million dollar epics, is now accomplished with lightweight, camera-carrying quad and octocoptors. These tools allow a choreographer to see the work in a three-dimensional plain and from the audience’s perspective; they see the dance in its specific placement in the natural landscape.
The filming schedule is as follows:
MAY 9 - MUDFLATS
MAY 10 - SAND DUNES
MAY 11 - GREY HILLS
MAY 12 - HOODOOS
MAY 13 - ARCHES/WATER
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A screening of the finished product will debut in September, so stay tuned!