Bringing a set of three non-anthropomorphic autonoma together with a human dancer, Dancers in White, Standing focuses on the bold new forms of creativity and physical performance that result when art embraces computation and robotics. The otherness of such foreign bodies engaging with one another through dance presents a unique relationship that gives the improvised performance a truly genuine air of exploration. The work takes a firm and practical step toward a new intersection between dance performance and Artificial Intelligence.
Dancers in White, Standing avoids the anthropocentrism of replicating human motion in the non-human performers by instead using forms of motion that are pre-existing in non-human forms. The fragility and uncertainty of the robotic arm allows for explorations into movements that are markedly different from a human dancer. Responding to its fellow dancers in real-time, the improvised choreography allows each arm to demonstrate its own identity, as both a non-human entity and as a performer.
Amy Cartwright is a London based dance performer, choreographer and coder. Creating computational choreographies that use technology within live performance.
Amy is interested in questioning the inherent humanity involved in dance performance and researching how computational processes, particularly artificial intelligence, can be used with live dance performance. Exploring possibilities around wearable technologies, non-human performers and computational choreography.
Amy has performed with such esteemed dance practitioners as Seke Chimutengwende, Suse Tietjen, Ceyda Tanc Dance, Rachel Erdos, Jack Webb, Bill Robins, and Bahar Fattahi on various performance projects and commissions around London and the UK. She has performed at Chisenhale, The Place, O2 Indigo Arena, Brighton and Exeter Fringe Festival, OutNow! Festival in Bremen, and Trinity Laban respectively.
Amy has also worked as a freelance choreographer, creating professional works for various festivals and being mentored by Kingston University and the BalletBoyz for her work ‘Quandum’ (2014).