IDE-Fantasy v0.1: Jerusalem-Athens, Musrara Festival

The IDE Fantasy project is an experimental dance performance, where music and image are produced by dancers located in different cities and communicating with data from motion measurement sensors.

On May 30, 2019, a pair of dancers from KET in Athens joined a dancer in Musrara, Jerusalem. Dancers will use wearable motion sensors to send data over the internet to a computer that produces sound and video based on their movements. At each venue, the computer that receives the data reproduces the programmed sounds and images on the spot. The movements of the dancers are perceived indirectly by the sounds and graphics, but the result is a joint performance.

A love story from the Japanese poem collection "Ise Monogatari" (10th century) and its adaptation into a Noh play of the 14th century (https://www.wikiwand.com/en/Izutsu) was chosen as the theme for the project. A boy and a girl grow up in a village and meet while playing near the village well. When social dictates separate them in adolescence, the pair are reunited through poems addressed to each other and left at the well. Two centuries later, a priest visits the village where the couple lived and sees a vision of the woman going to the well. Learning the story of the couple he prays for them and in the evening he sees the woman returning to the well dressed in her husband's clothes. The woman mingles with her lover seeing her reflection at the bottom of the well.

In history we find references to the development of conjugal love in the countryside and nature, as well as motifs that refer to two famous stories of the Hellenistic era, "Daphnis and Chloe" by Logos, and "Echo and Narcissus" by Ovid, which also deal with the development of childhood to adult love.

In this IDE Fantasy performance, the role of the husband is played by Natalie Mandila (Jerusalem), the role of the wife by Vaso Florou (Athens) and the role of the priest by Tassos Pappa-Petridis (Athens).

Conception and coordination: Iannis Zannos

Updated: 19-09-2022
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