Test Tube Ballet

Choreographer Jess Curtis, winner of an Isadora Duncan Dance Award, has been making dances in the Bay Area and Europe for nearly 30 years and wants to know how dance makes you feel. Does it make you sweat? Does it make your heart beat faster? Is it because the concentrated presence of human bodies at work making art touches a chord in your spirit that creates a resonant response in your autonomic system? Or is it because Curtis' collaborator, French circus artist Jörg Müller, happens to be the world's authority on anal broom balancing? Performance Research Experiment #2.2 is the second outing of Jess Curtis/Gravity's fusion of science and dance, as previously seen in San Francisco and Berlin. Using data collected in real time from the audience, Curtis, Müller, and Berlin media artist Yoann Trellu shape a performance that responds to the impulses of other bodies, turning observers into the observed.

Jan. 30-Feb. 1, 8 p.m., 2014

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