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Post Up Series

Presented by T. Lang Dance is visual storytelling through movement and technology, derived from the desire to reconnect with love once lost. Inspired by the literature of Heather Williams’ Help Me Find My People, which explores the custom of newly freed men and women who posted ads in publications announcing their search for a lost loved one – T. Lang’s Post Up series puts a lens on the journey and complexities of reunification. From Post Up to Post Up in the House to Lit, these works evolve to investigate the ritual of searching through movement prayers for love tending towards self-destruction. Post is the final installation of this journey where the love letter, the ad has been answered – love has been found.

The series has incorporated works by various visual artists and systems engineers, developing computer-vision interactive experiences to offer our dancers an improvisation platform within a virtual immersive environment. Sourcing from an eclectic background in sonic arts, the sound design collaborators created a unique musical blend, flooding out of speakers in an evocative array of frequencies. The series involves audio and visual reactions triggered by the dancers, creating an additional level of live interaction.

The Post Up 4-part series is revealed in the following iterations:

Post Up – Following multi-generational, uncensored conversations on love and personal diary entries that beg for the return of a deceased loved one, this work investigates the search for love lost.
Post Up in the House – First presented by the High Museum of Art, PUITH was performed as a visual installation within the Mi Casa, Your Casa public art exhibition, created by contemporary designers Héctor Esrawe and Ignacio Cadena. This work explores narrative reality, the delicate balance of sanity, and the private unseen prayers of searching hearts.
LIT Variations #1 – #10 – LIT Variations is a migration work that performed in 10 variations throughout the city of Atlanta. Each variation was reconfigured in staging, music scores and intentionality within choreography. This work explores investigative trails and obstacles one takes to find their lost love.
Post – Through entangled aggressive movements to staggeringly tender moments, this final work explores the familiar complexities of rediscovery as the search for love ends to only begin again.

About Post

 

Post, set inside an antebellum-style home and interactive revival tent, focuses on connecting historical past with present narrative using the bridge of dance and technology. Seeing the multiplicity of these two forms, T. Lang Dance collaborates with digital media engineers Jessica Anderson and Sebastian Monroy and visual artists George Long and David Baerwalde in reimagining links between past, present and future.

The choreographer will invent movement that will be performed inside an antebellum home where each room is activated with responsive elements. The use of sensors and actuators in the performance environment is an exploration of generative art techniques within a real-time performative movement piece. The visual artists will create the imagery incorporated into interactive experiences, while the digital media engineers will design and program the responsive effects. The embedded technology is being customized for Post to include responsive digital environmental effects and a large projected mapped space, allowing effects to both exist within the antebellum home and on the lawn inside a revival tent. The intentional combination of interactive technologies, dance, and visual art aims to conceptualize another perspective towards reunification and cosmic order.

Post will break new ground merging contemporary dance and state-of-the-art techniques in performance technology, yielding a space where dancers can perform with a digitally-augmented responsive environment. All four movements have masterfully blended entry points of creative exploration by intersecting dance, technology, and afrofuturism. These forms experiment with reimagining and contextualizing historical references through an untapped yet curious lens for performance.

Post explores the aftermath of reunification during America’s reconstruction era. This work investigates personal journeys of healing from lost memories while regaining a new sense of resilience ignited by dreams. Post steps inside the power of cosmic order and the extreme spectrums adjusting to a new time and space. Through entangled aggressive movements to staggeringly tender moments, this final work explores the familiar complexities of rediscovery as the search for love ends to only begin again.