Re: a question 4 u

Scott deLahunta (
Sun, 20 Apr 1997 11:59:12 +0200

Hi Amanda --

At 11:28 AM 4/20/97 +0200, you wrote:
>I have been asked to speak on a panel at a forum kicking off with the
>following question
> - is it necessary for the body to be physically present in a performance?
>My question is (from curiosity and some food for thought): what would be
>your opening line if u were confronted with this question? The forum is for
>dance and theatre bods of mixed interests.

Funny, I think the post I just sent commenting on Andrea's website is
somewhat related to this -- little synchronicity going on there. In my
opinion, I think the illusion of the body is more interesting than the body
itself. So, what is necessary to create in the mind of the viewer the
feeling or belief that they are looking at a body. What are the borders of
acceptability in creating this illusion? One runs to avoid being pounced
upon by virtual wrestlers who have to have a miniumum of pixels (this may be
wrong technical term, but you know what I mean) in order to maximize speed.
In this case, it's the movement which needs to be believable, not the body.
Looking ahead, what will be the response to the question of the body in 2005
when we see for the first time a holographically projected actor/ dancer?

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