UCSB Theater/Dance and Media, Art & Technology presents

Lifeline + Re:Forming

  • Dec. 21 , 2020 - Jan. 01, 2021
  • Center Stage Theater
UCSB Theater/Dance and Media, Art & Technology present
Lifeline + Re:Forming
A live streamed collaborative performance, plus Lifelines film premiere broadcast from Center Stage Theater in Santa Barbara

created by
brooke smiley, Sam Bourgault, Mark Hirsch & Phillip Kobernik


Lifelines + Re:Forming premiered as a shared evening event on December 4th.  Premiering works by artists brooke smiley, Samuelle Bourgault, Philip Kobernik, and Mark Hirsch, this evening is a culmination of an artist residency at Center Stage Theater from November 30 - December 4th. 

Lifelines is a new dance film seeking our body's connection to land, with people whose identities are unique.  Choreographed and directed by brooke smiley, a Native Launchpad Artist from Western Arts Alliance from 2020-2023, brooke collaborated with dance artists from around the world from July - October 2020.  What you will see is a selection of a larger work, which invites venues to partner with National Parks, historical places of importance, and indigenous communities and is a part of acknowledging a broader history in creating spaces of meaning in where we gather and why.  This filmed iteration includes artists from the lands of S’Klallam Territory (Sequim, Washington), Brussels, County Clare Ireland, London, Wuppertal, Coastal Chumash (Isla Vista, California), and Xaxaamonga Tongva (Pasadena, California). Originally showcased at this year's Western Arts Alliance and Arts Midwest joint conference in October, this will be the first public premiere of this work.

Re:Forming - Agency, Body and Technology 
A collaborative residency and performance work with Samuelle Bourgault, Philip Kobernik, Mark Hirsch, and brooke smiley.  Re:Forming explores the integration of real-time performance and additive digital fabrication through the lens of dance and 3D printing. This work presents a system within which brooke smiley guides the fabrication process of  a 3D printer in remembering the traces of her movements through space. In turn, this system fosters a bridge between dance improvisation and a generative method of choreography.  Data from a pose tracking algorithm is sent to a novel, rapid 3D printing system, the Liquid-Crystal Printer (LCP), which fabricates material structures based on the dancer's movement, creating lines of memory and re:forming them into a sculpture made in real time with the performance. Due to the constraints of COVID-19, Re:Forming was designed in, and designed for, a remote setting in which the dancer, fabrication system, and audience remain in separate locations, but in which a unifying object is made from each of our locations.  This new work has also been used to bring together many dancers from many locations in creating a shared movement memory across time and space into a 3D printed choreographic sculpture.  

The event premiered with a livestream December 4 the recorded video of the event will be available for viewing through January 1, 2021.  

Lifelines + Reforming video includes:
Lifelines film by brooke smiley
Re:Forming dance 
Re:Forming livestream event and Q&A session.

This video is available for video on demand, you will be able to view the video multiple times through January 1, 2021.  There is no specific date and time, you can use the link and watch the video anytime between now and January 1. You cannot download the video or share it with others.  If you have any difficulty viewing the video please email the theater at cstheater@sbcoxmail.com

Tickets $5 - $50, all students free

Recognizing that these are difficult financial times for many, tickets are on a Pay-What-You-Can basis from $5 to $50.  The proceeds will support this production, the artists and Center Stage Theater.  We are grateful for your support.

Patron $50
Supporter $25
Producer $15
Ticket $5
Student free

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