Choreography by David Middendorp
A duet between man and technology in which a swarm of drones is the embodiment of human consciousness
Dancers (throughout the years)
Video & Motion Capture
Drone hardware support
Marketing & publicity
Airman is an exhilarating duo performance between mankind and technology in which the human consciousness is explored. This innovative piece focuses on the question of what human consciousness would look like when represented by technology.
In Airman, technology is embodied by a group of drones. The independently moving dancer and the sometimes seemingly independently moving drones create an alienating atmosphere because of the deceptive degree of freedom and independence with which the drones appear to move. This at times almost autonomous dance of the drones raises the deeper question to what extent the drones possess a form of free will, the philosophical theme that Middendorp wants to explore in its confrontation with artificial intelligence.
Technologically, Airman is a continuation of Another Kind of Blue’s earlier piece ‘Newton’s Duet’ for which a motion-capture operating system has been developed that can control two drones simultaneously. In Airman, this system has been expanded to twelve drones, which have a unique live interaction with the dancer.
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Artistic leader David Middendorp Choreography David Middendorp General manager Hans Brouwer Production Sanne van der Velde (2018-2019); Lisa Boere (2019-2021) Premiere 2018, Another Kind of Blue Theatre techniques Marco van der Velde and Stefan Bandalac Dancers (throughout the years) Ivan Montis, Klevis Elmazaj, Antonino Milazzo and Richèl Wieles Videography David Middendorp Drone operator Stefan Bandalac Video/motion capture Stefan Bandalac Technical partners Sioux LIME, ACS Innovation, Luchtzinnig en Dutch Tilt Studio’s Project management Henricus Basien & William Simmonds Interface Jasper Hartong Drone visualisation Dutch Tilt Studio Software Sioux LIME Drone hardware support Luchtzinning Marketing & publicity Dieke van der Spek and Leonie Poot (2018 -2020); Priscilla Vaas and Jane Neirinckx (2021) Costumes Ben Voorhaar – Karisma Costumes Music Syml – Fear of the water en Genevieve Murphy – Coming To The Surface
Airman is an exhilarating duo performance between mankind and technology in which the human consciousness is explored. This innovative piece focuses on the question of what human consciousness would look like when represented by technology. Artistic leader David Middendorp Chor
January 17, 2018