by Aakash Odedra & Lewis Major

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British dancer/choreographer Aakash Odedra and Australian choreographer Lewis Major teamed up with Ars Electronica Futurelab to create a dance performance blending technology such as tracking, visualisations, projections and more.

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Dancer Aakash Odedra (UK) and choreographer Lewis Major (AU) were interested in investigating whether and how it would be possible to audio-visually and cybernetically represent the distorted, chaotic way people with legasthenia experience language and literature.

Training initially in Kathak, Aakash’s performance experience relates to a wide range of dance styles. He is intensely interested in collaborating with different disciplines in order to elucidate his artistic vision in dance. Aakash and Lewis approached Ars Electronica Futurelab to explore the idea of warped and exaggerated realities and the confusion that a dyslexic person feels trying to make sense of language and literature. The main focus of the following joint R&D experiments was on how the physical experience of being dyslexic can be revealed through visuals, light, sound and movement. During the 2013 Ars Electronica festival, the outcome of this experiment series was presented under the title Resonate to a public audience for the first time.

In intimate work in progress sessions, the artists danced, explained and showed the upcoming work based on the storyboard and the musical score, enriched by interactive projections, wind-machine sculptured paper storms and murmurations of starling swarms.


Idea & Concept: Roland Haring
Project Management: Kristefan Minski
Management & Technical Lead: Patrick Müller
Programming: Florian Berger, Roland Aigner, Otto Naderer
Graphics: Andreas Jalsovic
Documentation: Veronika Pauser
Construction: Patrick Müller, Erwin Reitböck

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