Lane Performing Arts recently put on the newest performance event, Dance Collaborations 2016, from Feb. 25 to 27 in Ragozzino Hall. The performance hall was packed with 185 audience members, all waiting to watch the show’s closing night.
Sunday’s performance was set apart by the collaboration of dancers and multimedia effects. The separate dance numbers used multiple forms of technology, such as a live camera feed and projected images. While the acts were usually based around some kind of technological prop, some used physical props to create a better sense of what the artist was wanted to portray.
One of the most technically advanced pieces of the performance, “Two Definitions of a Moment,” choreographed by Sarah M. Nemecek, used a film technique in which viewers could simultaneously see performers on stage, and a distorted version of what they were doing on a screen behind them.
“There is a loop there between the audience and the dancers. The more audience there is the better it is. Tonight they were just giving it everything,” John Watson, publicist and marketing specialist, said.
All of the performances followed this similar style of distorting the viewer’s’ understanding of what was happening on stage.
“Of Ice and Snow,” the fourth dance to cross the stage, choreographed by Anita Sanford in collaboration with Dance Northwest and Lane Dancers, delved into deep issues of love and passion. The complex routines were set with a changing lighting stage and constantly moving set, thus giving viewers a reason to stay tuned into the performance.
The number that closed out the night, “2x3x8,” choreographed by Bonnie Simoa, was modeled around the text of mid-19th century writer and philosopher Henry David Thoreau. The dancers took viewers on a journey through the creation of a home. Anecdotes told by performers while they were dancing were meant to leave audience members with a feeling of home.
“All these people are great to work together, Michael Roybal, production assistant, said. “There is not really much to be nervous about it [that night’s performance] because everyone knows what they’re doing.”