Networked Dance Performance: a new temporality
Ivani Santana

Professor of the Humanities Institute of Arts and Sciences Prof. Milton Santos and the Graduate Program in Dance and Theater (University of Bahia).

Keywords: networked body, time/temporality, intertextuality, dramaturgy/narratives


This paper analyses the relationship between the body and networked technology and proposes a new dance configuration that emerges from this interaction: the Networked Dance Performance or Telematic Dance. According to the features of this configuration, the experience of the environment brings different notions of temporality to our perceptual system. This extends to the different aspects of latency and time zone, and different notions of space. It is assumed that there is a real convergence of time (different times from each node), while space is a simulacrum for each. My research is grounded in the Embodiment Perspective, and the epistemology is derived from concepts of "Embodiment" by George Lakoff and Mark Johnson; "Extended Mind" and "Cognitive Artefact" by Andy Clark, and a new approach to Alva Nöe's concept of "Enaction". The paper re-examines basic concepts of mind and body through these theories, diverging from traditional dualisms within the Western philosophical tradition, and offers a strong theoretical approach to re-think a dancer's performance in the arena of technological media. The article illustrates these ideas through the analyses of selected telematic dance pieces created by Technological Poetics Research Group (Brazil) from 2005, including collaborations between different Brazilian cities and also with international partners (such as, Seville, Barcelona, Korea, Thailand, and Prague). The analyses presented contribute to the growing understanding of the changes within the dancer's perceptual system that have emerged in the field of Networked Art.

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Ivani Santana is a dancer and choreographer working in the field of dance-technology since 1990 and with Network Dance Performance since 2005. She is professor at Institute of Humanities, Arts and Sciences and at the Master and Ph.D. Program of Theater and Dance, University of Bahia, Brazil. Coordinator of the Research Group Technological Poetics and Director of MAPAD2 - Map and Program of Digital Dance. Author of: Open Body: Cunninghan, Dance and New Technologies (2002) and Dance at the Digital Culture (2006).

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