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Enjoy the smart environment of ‘Flow’

Co’Motion Dance Theater, composer Walker Pett and programmer Cameron LaFollette present the next evolution of CMDT’s cutting edge work with sound and video projections with “Flow” on March 8 at the Ames City Auditorium.

Using sensor technology developed by company director Valerie Williams and Dr. Steve Holland of Iowa State University, the stage has become a smart environment that responds to the dancer. Dancers have a direct conversation with and immediate impact on music while they are dancing. It is a new kind of musician, choreographer, dancer and technology collaboration. It is freeing, exciting and terrifying.

In order for dancers to move expressively, the music must be responsive to them. This occurs naturally between good musicians and dancers in live performance. The challenge lies in finding a way to allow this to happen when the music is recorded and only the dancers are live in performance. Composer Walker Pett has created a soundscape for “Flow” that has a traditional beginning, middle and ending, but also respond to the dancer’s movements with volume changes, particular sounds and the quality of the music. Director Williams said: “The sound so seamlessly reflects the dance, that it is difficult to remember that the dancers are doing it. It just looks and sounds natural and normal. I’m not fond of atonal music, so this collaboration just makes me sing!”

Ames City Auditorium is located at 520 Sixth St., Ames. For more information, please call 515-232-7374 or e-mail dance@comotion.org. Tickets will be available at the door - $15 general admission, $10 students and seniors.

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