Boids

A futurological dance performance

The topos of swarm behavior combines numerous fields that are all of interest to Moritz Ostruschnjak: artificial intelligence, future science and science fiction. Swarms function as collectives without a center; they control and organize themselves. Based on the observation of cooperating animal collectives, research will be directed towards how linking simple individual actors can elicit complex intelligent group behavior. Boids (bird-oid objects) are synthetically manufactured swarm animals whose behavior is steered by simple formalized rules. Intelligence is decentralized; the individual dissolves like a cloud. In science fiction scenarios, the sudden appearance of a swarm, which forms a multiple whole from a plurality, is not only menacing – it is also the epitome of an enemy that has no shape or contour. The swarm serves as a metaphor for the complexity and uncontrollability of life. The dancers close in on these motives in specific movement qualities.They observe the simple rules of a swarm, such as the right distance to their closest neighbor and following the same direction; individuals are regularly flushed out of the group. In the end, the performers act according to their own logic, in a special, almost ephemeral space, a cloud of dance, light and sound.

World Premiere: 28th of September 2017 @ schwere reiter Munich

Idea / Concept: Moritz Ostruschnjak
Choreographie: Moritz Ostruschnjak in collaboration with
Daniela Bendini and the Performers
Performance: Gaetano Badalamenti, Darren Devaney, Chiaki Horita, Isaac Spencer, Nuria Giménez Villarroya
Live-Music / Electronics: Günther Lause
(Max Lange, Konrad Wehrmeister)
Lightdesign: Tanja Rühl
Costumes: Renate Ostruschnjak
Sound: Paolo Mariangeli
Managment: Hannah Melder
Public Relation: Beate Zeller
Graphic Design: Gregor Micheler

A project by Moritz Ostruschnjak in cooperation with schwere reiter tanz. The production is supported by the Bureau of Cultural Affairs Department of the State Capital City of Munich and by BLZT, Bavarian State Association for Contemporary Dance, with funding from the Bavarian State Ministry for education and culture, science and art. Moritz Ostruschnjak is a member of Tanztendenz München e.V.

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