Airman

Choreography by David Middendorp

Airman

A sensory duet between man and technology that explores the shape of human consciousness
Artistic leader
David Middendorp
Choreography
David Middendorp in cooperation with the dancers
General manager
Hans Brouwer
Production
Sanne van der Velde
Premiered
2018, Another Kind of Blue
Theatre techniques
Stefan Bandalac and Marco van der Velde
Dancers (throughout the years)
Ivan Montis, Klevis Elmazaj, Antonino Milazzo and Richèl Wieles
Drone operator
Stefan Bandalac
Video & Motion Capture
Stefan Bandalac
Technical partners
Sioux LIME, ACS Innovation, Luchtzinnig and Dutch Tilt Studios
Project­ management
Henricus Basien and William Simmonds
Interface
Jasper Hartong
Drone visualisation
Dutch Tilt Studios
Software
Sioux LIME
Drone hardware support
Luchtzinnig
Marketing and publicity
Dieke van der Spek and Leonie Poot
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.

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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"Choreographer David Middendorp amazes with dancers and drones that merge into an enchanting world."

**** Volkskrant
Credits

Artistic leader David Middendorp Choreography David Middendorp General manager Hans Brouwer Production Sanne van der Velde Premiered2018, 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 en William Simmonds Interface Jasper Hartong Drone visualisation Dutch Tilt Studio Software Sioux LIME Hardware support drones Luchtzinning Marketing and publicity Dieke van der Spek en Leonie Poot Costumes Ben Voorhaar – Karisma Costumes Music Syml – Fear of the water en Genevieve Murphy – Coming To The Surface

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