4hr Durational Performance
In collaboration with RAW Moves Dancers
RAW Moves R&D Programme 18/19
Dancers: Matthew Goh, Valerie Lim, Stephanie Rae Yoong
Dramaturg: Dominic Nah
Photo credit: RAW Moves
Offering us three windows to examine our relationship between movement and new technologies, Alice, Bob & Eve is a culmination of the intensive research and discussion process between Conceptualiser Teow Yue Han and RAW Moves Dancers. In facilitating the company dancers’ embodied knowledge to execute 3 unique, workshopped research events over a 4-hour durational span, this ‘living laboratory’ gathers the public to probe underlying mechanisms and assumptions of the data-driven world with their participative input.
The first research event invites the audience to optimise and program the three dancers for a human encounter. In the second event, a set of movement phrases goes through a feedback loop between the audience and the dancers who personify machine learning logic. The final research event the dancers perform touchscreen inspired gestures, shouting to a metronome’s tempo in an apparatus of smart devices and statistics. But what happens if control of that pace is given over to the audience?
With an array of new technologies such as Tik Tok, gait recognition technology and “deep fake” for dance, predict and affect the way we move, choreographing our daily gestures and interaction. Alice, Bob & Eve hopes to reflect, through these participative research events, on how we can reclaim our daily movements in a new social kinaesthetic. With the dancers blurring the lines between human and machine, can embodied forms of knowledge such as memory and deliberation be overwritten by scientific and technical knowledge?