Bates College professor to perform interactive dance-video piece

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LEWISTON — Rachel Boggia, acting director of Bates College’s dance program, will perform “In the Very Eye of the Night,” a dance incorporating interactive video, on Monday, May 16.

The piece is an 11-minute solo created by Marlon Barrios Solano, a Venezuelan dance and new-media artist, teacher and researcher. He conceived this piece as a highly structured improvisation responding to video projections of the live dance.

Boggia will discuss the piece at the event concluding the series “Race in a Post-Human World,”an examination of technology’s impacts on concepts of social categories.

The dance will be accompanied by the music of John Zorn, an American musician who composes avant-garde and experimental work. The title of Solano’s piece comes from the last film made by 20th-century avant-garde filmmaker Maya Deren, whose voice is also heard in the soundtrack.

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The violently fluctuating projections in the dance create a disconcertingly unstable landscape navigated and shaped by the performer. The shifting relationship between performer and environment are juxtaposed with Deren’s comments on gender and time, creating an intriguing conversation between biology and technology.  Boggia will discuss this relationship after the performance.

A visiting assistant professor of dance at Bates, Boggia has been acting director of the college’s dance program during the 2010-11 sabbatical of associate professor and director Carol Dilley.

Boggia, who has been on faculty at Wesleyan University, Dickinson College and Ohio State University, specializes in dance documentaries, multimedia performance and multidisciplinary collaborations with scientists. She has performed professionally in the work of Risa Jaroslow, Vanessa Justice and Karl Rogers.

The performance is open to the public at no cost. It will begin at 7 p.m. in the Plavin Dance Studio on the second floor of Merrill Gymnasium, 141 Russell St. For more information, email begin@bates.edu or call 786-8296.

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