media | projection | system
design & integration
Kansas No More
Dance and Digital Media Design
Hand makes the projected house grow.
Dancers open windows in the screen. Rear projection screen is seen behind them through the open windows.
Doors and windows populate as live dancers and video dancers interact.
Hand wipes the screen and stage clear.
Dancers lit only with back light from rear projection.
Hands continue to manipulate the dance as dancers move in and out of the screen.
Two live cameras (one above and one onstage) with video delay.
The final sequence.
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Co-Creator, Digital Media Designer & Co-Set Designer
Performance: Dance Gala, Hancher Auditorium
University of Iowa. Iowa City, IA
Solo Conference Presentation: The Art of Content Creation
LDI 2018 Conference and Tradeshow. Las Vegas, NV
Solo Conference Presentation: From Artistic Inspiration to Final Design
USITT 19 Conference & Stage Expo. Louisville, KY
Year long collaboration with choreographer Charlotte Adams, to create a new work that positions digital media as an equal performer to a dancer, and a designer as equal collaborator to a choreographer.
For the majority of my designs, I like to create and/or use as much custom/original artwork as possible. This design is roughly 95% original. We used only 5 stock images, otherwise everything was created by the digital media team - from original photographs to custom animations and videos. I spent six months photographing doors and windows from my travels around the USA, including New Haven, CT, New York City, Vermont, Iowa City, Boston, and New Hampshire.
The video workflow required that some of the choreography had to be created and learned early in the rehearsal process, so that we could shoot the dances on a greenscreen and then have time to process them in post production. We keyed out the green and created custom effects on the video dancers and placed them in different backgrounds per scene.
There were two live cameras in one section of the dance. This required the use of an Isadora patch to capture and manipulate the live cameras and then route the video output to Watchout for display.
The tight integration with live dancers and digital media, meant that the digital media system had to be in the rehearsal room. We setup a mock system in Space Place Theatre to simulate what the final results would be in Hancher.
Three projectors, two live cameras, 42’x23’ front projection surface with five doors and eight windows, 23' rear projection surface, Isadora running live cameras ported to Watchout for show control and mapping.
Key Creative Team:
Co-Creator | Choreographer | Charlotte Adams
Associate Digital Media Designer & Board Op | Marc Macaranas
Assistant Digital Media Designer & Video Programmer | Ted Brown
Costume Designer | Margaret Wenk-Kuchlbauer
Lighting Designer | Laurel Shoemaker
Co-Scenic Designer | Donald Ladd
Additional Photography | Dana Keeton
“Dance-media collaborations are a hot trend in the performing world, and the Hancher stage, with its front and rear projection capabilities, will light up with We’re Not in Kansas Anymore, a joint project of choreographer Charlotte Adams and digital-media designer Daniel Fine,” by Source Staff, The Iowa Source. Read the full review.