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The space between (us)

In collaboration with choreographer Nicole Martinell of Deep Vision Dance Company.

Six performances, a five-channel video document of performances followed (VisArts, Rockville, MD).

Media: Plywood, laminate, stainless steel, PLA 3D prints, FGR plaster, paint, artificial plants

Size: Three 6.5’ h x 6’w x 6’d structures

Date: 2019

Photo credit: Jonathan Hsu (images of dance)

The space between (us) is an interdisciplinary performance work by visual artist/sculptor Lisa Dillin and Deep Vision Dance Company’s Artistic Director Nicole A. Martinell. The space between (us) unpacks the human experience within the built environment, which commonly evokes feelings of isolation and emotional disconnection from the banal, everyday places we move through and inhabit. Such experiences stem from a variety of factors such as design that separates us from one another and controls our movements in space, social norms that discourage interconnection with those we do not know, and the increasing level of mediated interaction that takes place through digital communication. During four performances, several sculptural objects act as a site for a weaving journey that begins in a meaningless, modern space but, coming unhinged from the norm, is remade into a place of exploration, creativity, freedom, and, ultimately, intimate human connection. A five-channel video piece represents the choreographic work following the initial performances.

 

Featured dancers include Deep Vision Dance Company members Deontay Gray, Samantha Hopkins, Melissa Lloyd, Sofie Massa, Rachel Moore, Sarah Smith and Ann Zickefoose. Additional collaborators include an original score by PJ Dorsey (Tarotplane) and Erik Spangler (DJ Dubble8) and costuming by Kendra Shapanus. Video production support by Erik Dillinger with Stephanie Barber, Corey Hughes, Jonna McKone, and Justin RT Stafford and 3D fabrication support by Chip Banister, Wilder Childs, and Pete Karis.