Sharir Dance Company presents Virtual Bodies: Travels Within: Dervishing, Davenport Memoirs, Virtual Bodies: Travels Within (premiere); April 30, 1994
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Performance at the B. Iden Payne Theatre, UT-Austin.
Performance at the B. Iden Payne Theatre, UT-Austin. Choreography: Jose Luis Bustamante (Dervishing), Llory Wilson (Davenport Memoirs); Yacov Sharir (Virtual Bodies: Travel Within). Dance Company: Sharir Dance Company. Concept: Diana Gromala and Yacov Sharir (Virtual Bodies: Travels Within). Dancers: Andrea Beckham, Stephen Brown, Jose Luis Bustamante, Carolyn Pavlik (Dervishing); Kate Basart with Keith Goyden, Natalie Agee with Theodora Fogarty (Davenport Memoirs); Stephen Brown, Jose Luis Bustamante, Marcia Dick, Roxanne Saenz Gage, Lynne Grossman, Stephanie Hook, Carolyn Pavlik (Virtual Bodies: Travels Within). Music: Arvo Part, David Byrne, traditional (Dervishing); Idjah Hadidjah, Ludwig van Beethoven, MIchael Kapoulas, Louis Moreau Gottschalk (Davenport Memoirs); Russell Pinkston (Virtual Bodies: Travels Within). Lighting: Amarante L. Lucero. Costumes: Michael King, Kari Perkins (Dervishing); Diana Gromala, with Flavia Gandolfo and Paulus Trisnadi (Virtual Bodies: Travels Within). Text: Llory Wilson (Davenport Memoirs). Media: Diana Gromala (Virtual Bodies: Travels Within). Video Editor: Jay Ashcraft (Virtual Bodies: Travels Within). Dervishing: Dervish, derived from Persian and meaning "seeking doors." Dervishing: "I am a bird of the heavenly garden / I belong not to the earthly sphere, / They have made for two or three days / A cage of my body." - Mevlana Jalalu-ddin Rumi. Dervishing: For over 700 years, men in black cloaks have performed a whirling dance in a continual remembrance of their Creator. The poet and mystic, Jalalu'ddin Rumi began the whirling dance and established the dervish order known as the Mevlevis. Dervishing is inspired by photographs and written descriptions of the Mevlevi order. Davenport Memoirs (1991-1994): Newlyweds, Seven Years, Offspring, End of the Circle. Virtual Bodies is an outgrowth of Dancing with the Virtual Dervish, a collaborative work in virtual environments, by Diana Gromala, Marcos Novak and Yacov Sharir. Funded by the Canadian government through a two-year residency at the Banff Centre for the Arts in Banff, Canada, this project received additional support from The University of Texas at Austin College of Fine Arts. Dancing with the Virtual Dervish concluded with a performance-exhibition at the Banff Centre for the Arts in March of 1994. Special thanks to Dean Jon Whitmore of the College of Fine Arts and Pebbles Wadsworth, Director of the Performing Arts Center.
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