Figures – performance by Óscar Mascareñas and Nora Rodríguez
13 Jan 2016 5-6pm
Room 101, Ellen Terry building
Public event, just turn up
Figures is a new work for piano conceived, devised and directed by Irish-based, Mexican-born composer Óscar Mascareñas in collaboration with Mexican dance artist Nora Rodríguez. The work is the result of eight years of research in sound and movement that Mascareñas has been undertaking at the University of Limerick in Ireland. The aim of this project is to explore the transformation of somatic forces into sounds and the relationship between the piano and the body; the former not only seen and understood as a musical instrument, but also, and most importantly, as a space where the body moves, plays and interacts with its physicality and its sonic potential.
Óscar Mascareñas is the founding course director of the BA in Voice and Dance at the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance, University of Limerick, and currently a full-time researcher and lecturer in the same institution.is a Mexican composer, poet, performer and musicologist. Nora Rodríguez is a Mexican dance artist based in Limerick, Ireland. She is currently Dance Co-ordinator of the BA in Voice and Dance programme at the Irish World Academy in the University of Limerick. This event is co-organised with John Habron.
WhoLoDance Project (closed event)
18-19 January 2016
This is the kick–off meeting for all partners of the ‘Whole-Body Interaction Learning for Dance Education’ project. By applying Multimodal Sensing and Capturing Analysis, WhoLoDance will make use of advanced motion capture technologies as well as of EMG, bio-sensors, video, audio and accelerometers, to transfer dance movements into digital data in such a way that makes it possible to blend any specific motion element with any other motion element within the motion capture database. This will allow WhoLoDance to deliver varied combinations of dance moves contained in a teaching syllabus and its Multimodal Rendering, based on the use of Life-size Holograms or other volumetric projection display methods, as well as on touch feedback, spatial audio, and abstract visualization that focuses on the peripheral vision and the “sense of self” for the dancer. The project is funded by H2020-ICT-2015-single-stage (Topic: Technologies for better human learning and teaching, ICT-20-2015) Research and Innovation Action a. Collaborators include Lynkeus SRL- Co-ordinator (Italy), Athena RC (Greece), Motek Entertainment (Netherlands), Politecnico di Milano (Italy), Università di Genova (Italy), Peachnote GmbH (Germany), INSTITUTO STOCOS (Spain), K. DANSE (France), Lyceum Club of Greek Women (Greece) and Coventry University (UK).
27 January 2016 4-5pm
Public event, just turn up
In this presentation, Cecilia Macfarlane will discuss her most recent projects, and the ways in which she marries her practice as an artist with the communities that she works with. Macfarlane is an independent artist based in Oxford, with a national and international reputation for her work in the community. She trained as a teacher at the Royal Academy of Dance and as a dancer at the London School of Contemporary Dance. She is the founding director of Oxford Youth Dance, DugOut Adult Community Dance and Crossover Intergenerational Dance Company and co-founding director of Oxford Youth Dance Company. She was a Senior Lecturer in Arts in the Community at Coventry University for nine years. Her work is based on her passionate belief that dance is for everyone; she celebrates the uniqueness and individuality of each dancer. As a performer, Cecilia is continually curious about expression, how movement can communicate so powerfully to others without the need for words. Her work is very influenced by her studies with Joan Skinner, Helen Poynor, Deborah Hay and most recently Anna Halprin.
Motion Bank International Workgroup Meeting (closed event)
29-31 January 2016
ICE building, Parkside, CV1 2NE
Ellen Terry building, Jordan Well, CV1 5RW