Thu 17.01. 20:00 + Fri 18.01. 20:00
Choy Ka Fai, self-proclaimed Dance Doctor as well as media artist and Factory Artist at tanzhaus nrw, returns with a mobile version of his celebrated “Dance Clinic”! As Dance Doctor, he travelled the globe, curing little ailments, choreographic weakness and creative blocks. Always in focus: The dancers’ and choreographers’ individual situations and their desire for counsel. At tanzhaus nrw, Choy Ka Fai will present – technically refined and with a tongue firmly planted in cheek – the physical examination of dance patient G, Romanian queer artist and activist Paul Dunca/Paula Dunker. He again resorts to using Ember Jello, a prototype artificial intelligence developed by Choy Ka Fai himself, specialised in the problem analysis for choreographic processes. In this, he remains true to his mission to support dancers and choreographers with scientific and technological know-how.
Choy Ka Fai, who lives in Singapore and Berlin, has been a Factory Artist at tanzhaus nrw since 2017 and shines his virtuosic and also entertaining light on the relation between choreography and science, body and technology. To him, the central question is asking for the future body, because: “Only dance will be capable of creating a body of the future,” according to Choy Ka Fai during his interview, conducted by Arnd Wesemann for German magazine “tanz”. Choy Ka Fai co-curated the TEMPS D’IMAGES 2018 festival and remains an impulse to the festival during this year, too, as the initiator behind the Digital Dance Labs as well as with the “Technological flesh!” lecture.
Duration: 50 min. / in English
Concept, dance doctor: Choy Ka Fai, Dance patient G: Paul Dunca/Paula Dunker; Artificial Intelligence: Ember Jello; Interface development, visuals: Naoto Hieda; Interface design: Yusuke Kimura; Visual design: Brandon Tay; Audio design: Chong Li Chuan; Lighting design: Royaya Fudetani; Touring / Communication: Mara Nedelcu. Photos: Andrei Gindaci. A performance by Choy Ka Fai, co-produced by tanzhaus nrw and Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay, Singapore. As part of MOCCA – Motion Capturing Creative Area, a project by Hochschule Düsseldorf, Fachbereich Medien, LAVAlabs, Velamed GmbH and tanzhaus nrw, sponsored by EFRE.