Performance Showcase

Shadows No. 4: Belly Dance and Interactive Electroacoustic Musical Performance
Aurie Y. Hsu, Steven T. Kemper, University of Virginia, USA
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Shadows No. 4 is a piece for a tribal-fusion belly dancer, wireless sensor network, and electronics. The movement vocabulary is derivative of Raqs al-Sharqi, commonly known as danse orientale (Middle Eastern dance). This dance form involves slow and languid movement and controlled isolations. The piece experiments with notions of gesture (dance and musical) in the performance of electroacoustic music. During the performance, sensors translate the dancer’s movements into subtle and salient variations of the sonic texture.

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