Data to Dance: Dance of the Auroras-Fire in the Sky

Original Performance on January 30, 2009

2009 – A fascinating documentary on the creation of Dance of the Auroras – Fire in the Sky – a poetic odyssey through space from the Sun to Earth. Showcasing an evening-length performance of dance, music and virtual art, this international project reclaims the connections between science and art, technology and the natural world, drawing the audience into a ritual both ancient and new. Dance of the Auroras traces the research and development of the project through interviews, rehearsals, and performances in Finland, Norway, Russia, and the USA. Movies and images of the Sun and the Earth’s auroras from orbiting spacecraft and special ground-based cameras are featured along with original music performed live by the Global House Band, Norway.  Dancers using the wireless mouse alter and manipulate, in real time, large-scale projected cyber worlds created by Tania Fraga, Brazil. Dance of the Auroras – Fire in the Sky premiered on Research Channel January 30, 2009.

Selected for showing:  Research Channel, Seattle, Washington; III Sao Carlos Video Dance Festival, Sao Carlos, Brazil.

Documentary Footage
Nordly’s Festivalen – Tromso, Norway, January 2001
Lisner Auditorium – Washington, DC, USA, February 2001
Dukabristov Theatre – St. Petersburg, Russia, May 2000
Dance Place – Washington, DC, USA, September 2000
On Location in Finland, Norway, Russia, and Alaska, USA, 2000

See “Dance of the Auroras – Fire in the Sky” Stage Work page for additional information  and credits on performers, collaborators, scientists, and other production aspects.