Music Lecturer experiments with human imagination for Festival of Ideas

Published: 28 October 2014 at 08:54

'Semaphore'. Photo © Chris Frazer Smith

Collaborative project allows dancer's movements to create text, music notation and audio

Date: 26 October 2014
Time: 8.00pm
Venue: Covent Garden Drama Studio, Cambridge

Anglia Ruskin Music Lecturer Richard Hoadley will collaborate with choreographer Jane Turner and poet Phillip Terry in an exciting practice-based research project presented as part of this year's Cambridge Festival of Ideas.

The interdisciplinary project, titled 'Semaphore', investigates human imagination and creative thinking, and focuses on the live moment of performance, during which dancers' movements trigger text as well as music notation and audio. The music is performed live for the dancers, whose own movements are then influenced by both music and text. The work explores ways in which original movement is translated into different mediums, and how the human body responds to stimuli from different disciplines.

Hoadley has used body-tracking technologies and bespoke sensing environments before in his work Quantum Canticorum, which investigates the interrelationship between the body, its environment, creative expression and technology. This work, an ongoing project, will be presented at the Liverpool Hope University on 20 October.

The project is partially funded by the Anglia Ruskin Enterprising Academics Scheme. Performances of and research based on this fascinating interdisciplinary collaboration will continue over the next few months and will be presented at venues such as the Guildhall, Royal College of Music and Trinity Laban.

For more information on Semaphore and videos of Quantum Canticorum please visit Richard Hoadley's website.