Project Year: 2017
Materials: 3D-printed PLA, sprayed rubber
Collaborators: Andrea Nann, Brendan Wyatt, Tom Bessai
Andrea Nann and Brendan Wyatt's ‘New Planes’ contemporary dance project necessitates a particular prop or armature to augment the traditional dance environment of horizontally- and vertically-planar surfaces. As a whole, these props will combine to create a sort of landscape, allowing the dancers to explore otherwise-impossible sequences and holds by giving them access to unconventionally-oriented planes of reference.
Facilitating these movements, each of the props are custom-formed to the dancers' bodies through the use of various digital methods. By 3D-scanning the dancer's joints in load-bearing positions, the volumes of their bodies are subtracted from solid structures to produce curious objects relating both to the body and to the ground. These highly specific mounds will accept and envelop the body in space to generate a plethora of new performance-related opportunities.