IMCPL, April 23
Intermedia is to multimedia what cell phones are to tin cans with string in terms of technology and communication. For the first part of the program we were in the presence of live dancers from Butler University at IMCPL and, through computer technology, dancers performing at Florida State University. Through a seamless manipulation unknown to this reviewer, the screens could project both companies seemingly dancing in the same space at the same time. This effect in itself boggles the mind and begs attention from watching the live bodies on the floor of the auditorium to watching the screens. One is so busy absorbing the wonderment of technology it takes away from the wonderment of the choreography and the dancers. Required are a new vocabulary to express what one witnesses and a selective way of looking. It's an exploding universe of audio and visual stimulation and simulation—exciting, scary, amazing. It leaves one reeling. Choreographers Cynthia Pratt from Butler and Tim Glenn from Florida State earned applause for the collaboration, which included projection design and live-feed video. Dance Kaleidoscope closed the program, taking a remembered, sedately lyrical "Writing on the Great Wall" into this very much smaller space set on very different music, heightening the drama with musicians projected on the screen above the dancers. Translated into "Skywriting," this new work had a feel of frenzy—some of the virtuosity was not crashing into walls. The IUPUI Telematic Ensemble made it all come together. One feels breathless as if cloned or hovering above a bubble in two places. An out-of-bodiness from the seat propels one into the screen—are we indeed Alice down the rabbit-hole?