Digital Dance

Michael Cole partners with a computer to choreograph his ASU show

Nicole Bradley and Jennifer Tsukayama also have dances on the program, as does Ann Ludwig, whose Address Permanently Fatal came out of her frustration with getting e-mail returned.

We've all experienced the frustration of working with computers, yet Cole remains committed to his marriage of dance and technology. "I'm using LifeForms to choreograph stand-alone videos that can be shown in galleries, and motion-capture work--that's when technicians place lights on the joints of dancers who are swathed in black, then film their movement to create a direct transfer of physical information to digital information for true-to-life animation. They use it in Hollywood a lot." Maybe Cole will yet make it to the big screen.

Command X/V, Versions 1, 2, and 3 is performed at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, November 19; 7:30 p.m. Friday, November 20; 7:30 p.m. Saturday, November 21; and 3 p.m. Sunday, November 22, at the University Dance Laboratory at Nelson Fine Arts Center, 10th Street and Mill in Tempe. 965-6447.

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