Saturday, June 8, 2019, 2 PM
Led by the Blacksburg Hoorah Cloggers with caller LP Kelly and the Happy Hollow String Band
Hosted by Blacksburg Hoorah Cloggers; the Institute for Creativity, Arts, and Technology; and the Moss Arts Center
[dance2]3 is an old-time traditional square dance--cubed! The Cube Dance combines Blacksburg’s strong local tradition of Appalachian square dance with the cutting-edge creativity of the region’s premier research university. Take part in a first-ever community dance experiment in the Cube, a state-of-the-art theatre and high-tech laboratory. Dancers at this family square dance will take turns putting on wearable sensors; their movements through the square dance figures will be captured by the Cube’s infrared cameras. The motion-capture data will be visualized by artist Zach Duer and projected in real time onto elevated screens. What will these patterns look like? Perhaps a cross between a kaleidoscope and moving squares on an old-time Appalachian quilt?
This dance features live old-time music by the Happy Hollow String Band (Emily Reisinger, Chris Dunavant, Jen Barton, and Sam Leary) and calling by LP Kelly, as well as a performance with motion capture by the Hoorah Cloggers. We welcome all ages and abilities. Dance instruction is provided, no partner or experience necessary.
Sponsored by the Institute for Creativity, Arts, and Technology
Ticketholders can join Cube Dance creators Zach Duer, Anne Elise Thomas, and Jen Barton in the Cube for a brief demo and discussion of the ideas and the technology behind the Cube Dance.
Free; first-come, first-served, but to guarantee your seat, please register through the box office.