Upcoming: September 18, 2021
The REACH at the Kennedy Center

LENS 

LENS is a series of four movement-based installations each viewed through different technological means created/produced by Ben Levine in collaboration with over two dozen artists from the DMV and across the US.

 

Featuring both live and digital performance, audience perspectives are reshaped with the use of infrared goggles (choreography by Shannon Quinn + Boris Willis), binoculars (choreography by Sadie Leigh), virtual reality headsets (slowdanger + Anna Henson), and a 360-degree projection installation (Orange Grove Dance).

LENS is made possible thanks to the support of the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities Projects, Events, or Festivals Grant program; Aunt Karen’s Farm; Dance Place; and Rosslyn BID + JBG Smith (View of DC).

LENS Producing Director

BEN LEVINE

LENS Associate Producer

ANNIE PETERSON

far field

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slowdanger + Anna Henson

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slowdanger + Anna Henson

far field

Direction: slowdanger + Anna Henson

Creative Technology: Anna Henson

Character Creator: H. D. Harris 

Project Management: Anna Wotring

Sound: slowdanger

Performance/Choreography/Motion Capture Artists: Maxi Canion, Symara Johnson, taylor knight, anna thompson, Anna Wotring

Technical Advisor: Dimitri Diakopoulos

Creative Technology Intern: Maricel Reinhard

far field is an embodied archive and artifact of our time that explores the distortion and fragmentation of the dancing body within digital arenas and virtual space via an immersive headset based virtual reality experience. This project was developed throughout the pandemic between April 2020-August 2021, via digital process periods and one in-person 

residency period. Through this continually adaptive process we worked to make interior landscapes of the performers' self perception physical, both in tangible daily rituals of self care and hyper fantastical surreal constructions of self imagining. Through motion capture, character creation, and game technology audience members will enter a virtually constructed world where their choices influence what they will experience.

far field’s creation has been supported by the Heinz Endowments Small Arts Initiative, The Pittsburgh Foundation A W Mellon Grant, Unique Projects, Pentacle ASP, Ben Levine/Extreme Lengths Productions, Dance Place and The Johnny Carson Center for Emerging Media Arts at the University of Nebraska Lincoln.

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slowdanger + Anna Henson

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PASO
Orange Grove Dance

PASO

Direction & Choreography: Colette Krogol & Matt Reeves (Orange Grove Dance)

Cinematographer: Jonathan Hsu

Performer: Juliana Ponguta Forero

Composer: Dylan Glatthorn

Video Editors: Mark Costello & Matt Reeves

Projection Design: Mark Costello

Scenic Design: Ben Levine

PASO is a kaleidoscopic cinematic experience that brings dance film into an exciting new container where audiences peer into a grand heptagonal structure to watch the adjacent walls come to life. A unique panoramic world unfolds seamlessly with each of the seven panels offering a unique viewing experience that investigates the prism of paths inside oneself and within nature.

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Sadie Leigh

howeverlong

Choreography: Sadie Leigh

Music: Emma Pauline Rothman

Costume Design: Lucy Wakeland

Performance: Krystal Collins, Carolyn Hoehner, Dylan Lambert,  Stephen Lyons II, Annie Peterson, Emma Pauline Rothman

howeverlong is three duets meant to be witnessed from as far away as possible. it’s like this: part of a song that’s stuck in your head that you can’t place. trying to recall the name of your great-great grandmother. traveling somewhere familiar with someone new. deep in the back of your brain. at the tip of your tongue. knowing we’ll get there, without knowing when, exactly. eventually. howeverlong.

Photo by Ryan Maxwell Photography

Dark Room

Choreography & Performance: Boris Willis & Shannon Quinn 

Sound Design: Stephen Johnson 

Costume Design: Lucy Wakeland

In Dark Room, audience members will use infrared technology to try to decode a secret message as dancers disappear and reappear in total darkness.

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Dark Room
Shannon Quinn + Boris Willis