Galvin Theater, Arizona State University
In In 2006 Traces was re-staged as a real-time video/sound/text work and installation. It was presented by the Department of Dance in the Galvin Theater at Arizona State University as part of a concert of diverse dance works.
Inspired by the enormous social, cultural, and emotional complexities surrounding the issues of aging, composer and media artist, John Mitchell; poet, Sean Nevin; and choreographer, Jennifer Tsukayama chose to address the concepts of memory, image and presence though the filter of surveillance and image capture.The artists’ investigations into creating works that parallel the stages of Alzheimer’s through choreographic structures, poetry forms and design elements of new media, led them to the current design of Traces.
“Studies on memory have shown that we often construct our memories after the fact, that we are susceptible to suggestions from others that help us fill in the gaps in our memories.” (http://skepdic.com/memory.html) The artists’ investigations into creating works that express the stages of Alzheimer’s through choreographic structures, poetry forms and design elements of new media, led them to the 2006 design. For the concert at Arizona State University the artists created a three part presentation for the concert goers, part one before the opening stage performance, part two after intermission, and part three, a physical installation outside the theater to be experienced at the end of the concert. Images form people attending the performance were captured each evening and used to create the memory metaphors related to the stages of Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia. These images were combined with an electronic sound score and selected poetry of Sean Nevin, read live.