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Lilyana Valentinova Petrova
Rachel Caldwell
Scott Martin

Our project aimed at developing a deeper awareness and understanding of the potentials points that generator models might offer to interactive intermedia performance. We did this by re-contextualizing movement vocabularies created by dancers and audience members via generator models programed into the real-time video editing software Isadora. Movements & video recordings were then re-integrating back into the intermedia milieu via projected imagery. The focus was not be on re-contextualizing traditional movement vocabularies, such as ballet, but rather the four historical roles dance has played in traditional western opera.

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Historical Role of Dance in Opera :
Dance can have several different relations to the opera it is part of. We explored the four most often established in traditional western opera. First, dance can “provide relief from the stress of the plot;” the more meaningless, irrelevant, and unrelated, the greater the relief. Second, dance can “translate something from the experience of opera into the medium of dance”. Third, dance can “compliment opera, to embellish the drama by doing things that the opera cannot do.” And fourth, dance can refute the opera by “juxtaposing heterogeneous and jarring theatrical modes.” (Albright, pp 27-29)

Generator Models
“A generator is a controller, a system essentially closed on itself in which many variables are correlated. Each change in one of them causes changes over a large part of all others. Thus, once the generator starts to produce… through the interplay of correlations, the result is unpredictable.” (Balpe)
Sonic variable that informed the generator included: levels, rhythms, and pitch.
Visual variable that informed the generator included: audience and dancer movements, qualities of movements, locations of movements, and colors.

References :
Albright, Daniel, 1945-. (2006). Golden calves: The role of dance in opera. The Opera Quarterly 22(1),
22-37. Retrieved January 21, 2011, from Project MUSE database.
Balpe, J.P. (1997, April). Produire – Reproduire – Re-produire. Retrieved Feburary 9, 2011, from

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