Second Nature: Embodying Our Technological Systems

Bay Area dance companies Kinetech Arts (codirected by Daiane Lopes da Silva and Weidong Yang) and Smith/Wymore Disappearing Acts (codirected by Sheldon B. Smith and Lisa Wymore) talk about their years of experience working at the intersection of dance and technology.

Kinetech Arts (KA) shares their extensive experience making experimental, community-based works that bring engineers into the same rooms as creative makers and dancers. Smith/Wymore Disappearing Acts (SWDA) discusses their ongoing interest in artificial intelligence and improvisation. Both dance companies are making new works for the Department of Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies to be performed February 17–20, 2022, in The Playhouse at Zellerbach Hall.

KA combines the work of dancers, scientists, and digital artists to create innovative and socially responsible performances. Each year KA produces multiple performances and over fifty other public events, including Open Labs, Y-Exchange public talks, and Dance Hack Festivals. SWDA is a dance/theater company whose performances are often as funny as they are physically provocative, intellectually stimulating, and deeply, beautifully human. SWDA works collaboratively with other dancers, actors, filmmakers, composers, technologists, designers, and media artists to develop uncompromisingly original work.

Presented by UC Berkeley’s Department of Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies.

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