Crystallina

Generative video projection with ballet production “Crystallina”

Performance:
Crystallina
Temple University Theatre

Art direction & Design:
Dermot Mac Cormack

Coding:
Dermot Mac Cormack

As part of The Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts, I was invited to collaborate in a unique cross-disciplinary production, for a world-premiere contemporary ballet called “Crystallina” which was performed in Temple University’s Tomlinson Theatre in April 2011. Not only was it a wonderful experience to collaborate with such a disparate collection of musicians, and choreographers, but the project also afforded me the opportunity to research using MAX/MSP for creating the video projections. The ballet is based on an archetypal travel tale, and the main character, Crystallina goes through a series of adventures. In my initial explorations with the software and its programming capabilities, I discovered that it could create fluid, evolving, generative triangular shapes, that when projected with the dancers in the foreground, seemed to emulate their movement in uncanny ways. The ballet was performed over two nights during the festival, and it was the first time I was able to create a live digital performance which was both exhilarating and creatively very rewarding. 

RECOGNITION:

The Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts
Performed at the Tomlinson Theatre, Temple University, Philadelphia
April 29th and 30th, 2011

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