Aleatoric Solo No 3 Peformed by Sean Ling-Allen | OnLINE Dance Series
The Vernon and District Performing Arts Centre Society proudly presents Aleatoric Solo No. 3, a unique collaboration of contemporary dance performed by Sean Ling-Allen and technical ingenuity, broadcast online from the Vernon and District Performing Arts Centre (VDPAC) on Monday, May 3rd to May 9th, from 12 Noon to 11pm.
Fans and followers of VDPAC’s recent FOCUS Online Series and currently streaming bi-weekly follow-up B-Sides will be intrigued by the artistic and technical achievement of a performer synchronizing with a recorded musical performance projected on the big screen behind him.
“Aleatoric is music in which some element of the composition is left to chance, or some primary element of a composed work’s realization is left to the determination of its performers”. [Wikipedia]
Dancer Sean Ling-Allen performs Aleatoric Solo No. 3, choreographed by legendary Canadian dance icon, Peggy Baker, a powerful dance performance recorded at the Vernon and District Performing Arts Centre, and set to music improvised and recorded half-way across the world by John Kameel Farah, currently based in Berlin, Germany.
Sean Ling–Allen has had an extensive 25-year career as a professional dancer, performing with the Alberta Ballet and Toronto Dance Theatre, as well as Peggy Baker Dance Projects.
The Vernon and District Performing Arts Centre worked with Sean to record the piece he originally danced for Peggy Baker Dance Projects. First created in Toronto as a duet, Peggy had her dancers develop a piece inspired by their past works with her. The entire piece including music, dance and lighting features a distinctive element of improvisation.
Composer John Kameel Farah was brought into the project in Toronto, performing live onstage, with his score comprised of ideas improvised while Sean Ling-Allen danced. They developed an understanding of each other. Sean described how they would play off each other every night live, on stage and in the moment. Sean wanted to bring that same feeling of presence to Aleatoric Solo No. 3 and with the help of technology, the team was able to send videos back and forth and livestream to each other.
Says Sean of Farah’s involvement, “John is a great friend, and he was able to improvise in Berlin and send it to us, and it’s been really wonderful to work with him this way.”
Lighting was originally designed by Mark Perron, reflecting a hard cut box shape. With permission, VDPAC’s Technical Director Rylee Block used the original lighting design as inspiration while improvising his own arrangement of light, making the entire piece fluid and similarly, in the moment.
“I want to be thinking while I’m dancing, and this solo gives me time to respond rather than just knowing what’s next. But there is space in this solo to be present”.
Says Artistic Director Erin Kennedy, “The use of technology to bring people together in layers of virtual gathering, with John in Berlin, Sean on stage and the audience in their homes transforms this performance into a reflection of the isolation yet virtual connection of this moment in time”.
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