«KHÔRA» is a contemporary dance performance describing the experience of existing in digital and physical spaces at once. With cracklebox masks, bioelectric wearable touch instruments, and motion sensor technology that translate the dancer’s movements into sound, << Khôra >> explores the effect of technology on how we move and interact.
With an infinity of open tabs, the internet appears to our spatial sensitivities as a field which receives all without becoming anything, lending itself to a conflict in spatial awareness: What does it mean to inhabit digital spaces? And from there, a consideration in simultaneity: How to inhabit digital and physical space at once? Our feet firmly planted in the physical. Dwelling. Being in Space. And at the same time, mentally traversing continents and rabbit holes: we cede control to the algorithms that swim around us – an evolving realm of hungry ghosts. Eager for attention and time, they capitalize on our “being there” – are completely dependent on our immaterial “placeness” in a digital sphere. Introducing wearable touch instruments requiring human bioelectricity to complete their circuits, and utilizing motion sensor technology to translate the dancers’ movement into sound << Khôra >> gives voice to the blossoming “Seers” all around us: They know where we are moving, and how fast, and in what direction. They know what we want before we do, because they remember what we have wanted before. They move with us. They use our bodies to sing. They constrict our daily gestures to the miniscule tapping of an opposable thumb. Do we resist them? Even when they connect us to one another?
«KHÔRA» at ODC Theater - Masks
Showing resource: «KHÔRA» at ODC Theater - Masks
Performance of << Khôra >> at ODC Theater, San Francisco in August 2019.