Here in Silicon Valley, people spend a lot of time interacting with technology. Mobile devices and wearable technology are becoming extensions of the human body. With all of the e-mailing and voice chatting that happens on a daily basis, it can also be easy to feel somewhat disembodied, as words and images travel through cyberspace on their own.
Dance, being hyper-concerned with the body, is the perfect artistic medium to use when exploring this relationship between human beings and their technology. In “Bodies of Technology,” Ballet San Jose dancers and top-flight choreographers tackle this topic through three works that exist at the intersection of movement and technology.
The program will feature two world premieres, one by Amy Seiwert and the other by Yuri Zhukov, along with an encore presentation of 2013’s “Eighty One” by Jessica Lang. The work of software artist Frieder Weiss will enhance Amy Seiwert’s striking choreography with a unique and interactive visual design. Yuri Zhukov ponders the benefits and dangers of artificial intelligence in his new work. Jessica Lang’s “Eighty One” was crafted in silence and then partnered with the electronic, gesture-controlled score of Jakub Ciupinski. All three works are a “celebration of dance in the digital age,” according to Ballet San Jose Artistic Director José Manuel Carreño.
This is also an important time to support the work of Ballet San Jose. In a push to readjust the organization’s business model to adapt to the changing arts landscape and maintain a future-ready and sustainable company, Ballet San Jose just completed its Bridge to the Future Campaign—the second of three phases. As a significant member of the Silicon Valley arts ecosystem, and the local dance ecosystem in particular, Ballet San Jose casts a long shadow, and the continued success of this organization has the potential to ripple throughout the community.
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Written by Julia Canavese, Content Calendar Curator