Role: Co-Producer, Art Director
Creative opening performance for keynote speech at annual conference.
Engineer, Designer, Co-producer: Issac Kelly
For: Kelly Creative Tech for Elastic
We built a super-suit for a classical ballet dancer so she could dance a live duet with her own movement data using our client’s software!
On top of its diverse, fun, and pioneer-spirited technical challenges, the ballerina project was especially meaningful to me.
As a woman in the arts who felt alienated from STEM subjects from grade-school through most of my 20’s, this project was especially significant and uplifting for its opportunities to work shoulder to shoulder with both artists and engineers, and provide supportive examples for a generation of girls and young women to hopefully feel more empowered to approach whichever interests they wish, whenever they wish.
All that, plus bringing together some of my favorite creators?
My favorite moment — besides getting to test drive the proto-suit that one time — was when we caught a handful of little dancers from the class next-door peeking in, leaving little nose-prints on the glass studio door as they watched our rehearsal.
How wonderful to think they may’ve been inspired by — or, better yet, taken for granted — that glimpse of a traditionally femme role in the seamless (thanks again, Mx. Titus) context of engineering and technology.
Composer: Uriah Findley
Choreography: Sarah Cecilia
Performance Artist: Jaimielyn Duggan