Answer: Secrets. Data. Spying on other audiences. Charts and graphs made of dancers.
Question: What is in a dance about debating data privacy vs. national security?
Bonus Question: How do you make this dance, using a consensus-based collective process?
“Collective choreography – it’s like the democratic process. It’s slow, but it’s worth it,” Emma Dozier, Co-Artistic Chair of Glade Dance Collective said.
As a collective, each member of Glade contributed choreography, text, prop and costume ideas to their Capital Fringe piece, Mine/Field.
Even the seed of the piece was collective. In order to avoid having any one dancer who could “own” the idea for their next work, Glade sourced dance ideas from their communities.
Several people submitted debates that are currently in our national consciousness and politics, such as climate change, or police militarization. Glade decided to make a dance about the national security vs. data privacy debate.
“Dance is naturally primed to best express concepts that words often fail for,” Emma said. “So within a very heady and techy national dialogue, we focused on the feelings of vulnerability, of being observed, of desiring something.”
What has emerged from Glade’s collective process is a modern dance displaying many human angles in to the nation-wide debate.
“We invite you to find your way in to the political conversation! Are you pro-data collection? Against? Somewhere in the gray area? Does your answer change as the question changes? As the characters change?”
Read more about the collective process, the Mine/Field process, and see what news articles and music has been inspiring glade here.
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