Alexander Whitley is a London-based choreographer working at the cutting edge of British contemporary dance. He is known for producing technologically innovative and thought-provoking stage productions, as well as exploring the creative possibilities being opened up by new digital platforms. He has created work for companies such as the Royal Ballet, Rambert and Birmingham Royal Ballet. Alexander will present an overview of Future Rites and Chaotic Body 1: Strange Attractor.
Future Rites is multi-user VR and live dance performance based on the seminal ballet, The Rite Of Spring. The experience combines motion capture, real-time animation and AI, inviting interaction between the public and a cast of dancers around themes of ritual, nature and sacrifice.
Chaotic Body 1: Strange Attractor is part of Alexander Whitley Dance Company’s Digital Body project, Launched in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Whitley has been exploring how dance can exist in a purely digital form, delving into the seemingly limitless ways in which human movement can be visualised through the use of using motion capture and games engine technology. This inquiry is being extended further in Chaotic Body, a triptych of films taking inspiration from chaos theory, the dynamic processes it describes, and the associated geometric patterns found in nature.
Director & Choreographer: Alexander Whitley
Creative Producer & UX: Sandra Rodriguez
Design & Technical Lead: Sebastien Grenier-Cartier/Normal Studio
Technical Director: Marc Winklhofer
Future Rites is funded by CreativeXR, Digital Catapult and Arts Council England.
Chaotic Body 1: Strange Attractor
Part of the Digital Body project by Alexander Whitley Dance Company
Choreographer & Artistic Director: Alexander Whitley
Digital Artists: UL Collective: Eleni Polychronaki, George Adamopoulos & Chris Waters
Digital Artists (3D version): Luca Biada & Michele Panegrossi
Composer: Qasim Naqvi (Courtesy of Erased Tapes)
Dancer: Tia Hockey
Producer: Donna Meierdiercks
Commissioned by Romaeuropa Festival with support from the British Council, ERMAK Group, Gerald Fox and The Edwin Fox Foundation.
Alexander Whitley Dance Company is supported by Arts Council England, John Ellerman Foundation, Foyle Foundation and Coln Trust.
Image: Chaotic Body 1: Strange Attractor, by Alexander Whitley Dance Company, image by UL Collective