SLIPPAGE: Performance|Culture|Technology announces the revival of CANE, a responsive environment dancework to be performed February 15 and 16, 2018. The February 15 performance is free and open to the public.
Inspired by Jean Toomer’s experimental 1923 text of the Harlem Renaissance, CANE explores memories of African American sharecropping held by a technologically-devised canefield. Created by technologists, dancers, and visual artists, CANE suggests possibilities of shimmering mediated histories mixed in real-time via a specially-constructed responsive environment.
The sound environment for this work manipulated audio files from the Library of Congress archive of Slave Narratives from the Federal Writers’ Project, 1936-1938. Processed through software programs Supercollider and Max to respond to their own recurrences, these voices of memory became actors to interact with the live performers and prepared soundscape for the work. Live video processing adds to the layered experience of the event.
DeFrantz joined the faculty at Duke in 2011, after twelve years on the faculty at MIT. He teaches courses in Performance and Technology, Contemporary Performance, and African American Studies. He has previously taught in the MFA program of the American Dance Festival, and served as President of the Society of Dance History Scholars. Wideman-Davis dance, founded in 2003, explores contemporary performance in relation to history, memory, gender, and identity.
In all, CANE suggests ways to rethink how environments hold history, and how technologically- mediated environments can tilt simultaneously toward what has been, and what is yet to be.
Performed by Tanya Wideman, Thaddeus Davis, Petra Morgan, Maria Maccaroni, John Green II, and Jade Curtis. Conceived and Directed by Thomas F. DeFrantz, Visual Design and Programming by Eto Otitigbe, Music by Tara Rodgers, Sound Programming by Jamie Keesecker, Additional Programming and Sound Discoveries by Jung-Eun Kim and Peter Whincop. Lighting by Jesse Belsky, Costumes by Marissa Erickson. Production Dramaturg: Jules Odendahl-James, Production Management Shireen Dickson.