Saturday, December 12, 2009, 8:00 pm
Hunter Center Mezzanine
$15 adults/$10 students
Patrons who attend ZviDance's work-in-progress showing of Zoom on Saturday, December 12, at MASS MoCA may be surprised when artistic director Zvi Gotheiner asks them to not only leave their cell phones on but actually encourages the use of electronic devices and the taking of photos during the performance. Cell phones are a crucial part of the piece which will use dance, music, and video projection to explore the evolving landscape of virtual communities. The piece will premiere in New York in April, but MASS MoCA patrons can get a sneak preview and assist in Zoom's creative development during this special showing in North Adams.
During the performance, the audience will be invited to participate in the visual design by taking pictures during the performance and then emailing or texting them to the visual designer, who will use them in the real-time video collages being projected on the stage. The projected "crowd sourced" content will spark a series of improvisatory dance and musical codes Zvi Gotheiner and composer Scott Killian will have set on the dancers.
A project conceived by long-time collaborators Gotheiner and Killian, with noted video designer Tal Yarden and lighting designer Mark London, Zoom will reflect on how handheld devices have become a driving force for human interactivity, and simultaneously, how these devices create a sense of alienation. Zoom will explore how distinguishing between reality and fantasy becomes increasingly difficult in a world saturated with representations. Reflecting on the process of memory, Zoom will project photographs and videos from the recent past into the present in a performance environment, where by the audience finds itself in a radically different relationship to the art-making on the other side of the foot-lights.
The Village Voice calls Gotheiner "one of those rare choreographers who is able to convey human dilemma and aspiration through movement and form and make traditional modern steps resonate with individuality." ZviDance, a company comprised of athletic and lyrical dancers, blends contemporary aesthetics with lush, full-bodied movement. The company exists to provide live audiences a means of experiencing a world-class dance company with the unique choreographic vision and movement vocabulary of Israeli-born Artistic Director Zvi Gotheiner. Each piece defines a unique set of relationships and experiences, boldly addressing the depths of the human experience.
ZviDance has received critical praise and significant funding for its artistic pursuits. The company performs frequently at home in New York City at venues such as the Joyce Theater, Dance Theater Workshop and Lincoln Center Out-of-Doors. Acting as a cultural ambassador for the city, ZviDance has toured across North America to festivals such as Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival and The American Dance Festival, and abroad to Germany, Poland, Russia, Colombia, Brazil, Ecuador and Japan.