Sam Anderson, Drama
We are a group of current and former UW students working on an experimental performance project, based loosely on the Greek myth of Pygmalion, that will involve many multimedia elements. The purpose of our work is to experiment with ways to completely integrate video, live-feed, animation, and other media into a performance piece. These elements are therefore more than just backgrounds or special effects... they are characters that interact with the performers, drive forward the story, and help present the themes of the piece (creativity, relationships, and loss of control thereof). For example, a slide show (presented with Powerpoint) begins to take live pictures of the onstage action that reveal the characters in a different light. In another sequence, an artist's drawing comes to life through a projected animation, and carries on a flirtatious conversation with its creator. Elsewhere, two characters' unrealistic expectations of each other are presented through comical morphing silhouettes. These are just a few examples of what we want to experiment with over the course of our rehearsal period. Our inspiration includes the video art work of Tony Oursler, Joan Jonas, Stephanie Smith and Edward Stewart, and Bill Viola, as well as many other performance and visual artists. Collaborators in various capacities (performers, designers, technical assistance, etc.) include Joby Emmons, Rachael Mills-McCabe, Stephanie Albornoz, Hana Lass, Ali Ormiston, Spencer Thorson, Melaena Keckler-Cadiz, Michael McQuilken, Ann Bartek, Heidi Ganser, Adam Dow, and others.