As a passionate choreographer, David Middendorp has become a unique visionary in knowing how to seamlessly and harmoniously merge the ostensibly opposing elements of dance and technology – creating a surreal world that sits between reality and its alternates. Middendorp is fascinated by technology, and especially in the tension that arises between technology and man. Technological innovation brings us significant developments, but also brings large amounts of friction, misunderstanding and opportunities for abuse. Man, full of imagination and emotion, appears the polar opposite of cold, unemotional technological developments, such as artificial intelligence, virtual reality and drones. But is this diametrical opposition truly present, or does technology have more in common with man than we tend to believe?
This latter question is central to Middendorp’s work. In extraordinary and exploratory ways, he allows animations, drones, robots, film and music to stand on the same level – and so play a similarly large role in the performances – as the dancers. “Dance and technology emerge from the same source: the desire of man to create alternative realities”.
To show how these projects are developed and the research that they are based on, this part of the website takes you behind the scenes. Here, you can read up on how the choreographies for Newton’s Duet, Airman and the latest production AI-man developed the interaction with drones, and what was involved in creating HandsON – the new choreography in virtual reality.