Pattern Recognition (2016)

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Promo, 2016

 

Excerpts from Platform Theatre performance, 8th April 2016

 

Machine Learning R&D, 2015

TRAINING: system watches both dancers and learns how they respond to each other.
PREDICTION: system watches Javi and *imagines* how a dancer would respond.
This is R&D and not in the final performance.

Excerpts from R&D, 2015

 

Photos

by Christopher Corless

“I see the awakening of consciousness as a series of spaced flashes, with the intervals between them gradually diminishing until bright blocks of perception are formed, affording memory a slippery hold.” Vladimir Nabokov

A collaboration between choreographer Alexander Whitley and visual artist Memo Akten. Pattern Recognition is a performance for two dancers and light, exploring themes of learning, memory, representation and recognition. The piece explores these themes not only artistically and choreographically, but also in the underlying technology driving it, based on artificial intelligence and machine learning. Explored in both a human context, and a machine context, each approach informing the other.

CHOREOGRAPHY: ALEXANDER WHITLEY
DIGITAL DESIGN AND CONCEPT: MEMO AKTEN
MUSIC: SCANNER & OLIVER COATES
COSTUME DESIGN: JEAN-MARC PUISSANT

Dates

Previews:
26 Feb 2016, Jerwood Dance House, DanceEast, Ipswich. UK.
23 Mar 2016, Cambridge Junction. UK.

World Premiere:
7, 8, 9 April 2016, Sadler’s Wells presents at Platform Theatre, Central Saint Martins, London. UK

Autumn Tour 2016
21 September – Laban Theatre, London. Book
23 September – The Old Market, Brighton. Book
25 September – V&A, Digital Design Weekend. Book
13 October – The Point, Eastleigh. Book
3&4 November – DanceXchange, Birmingham. Book
 

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Acknowledgements

Pattern Recognition is a Sadler’s Wells commission and DanceEast co-commission.
We are very grateful to our co-producers, Hessisches Staatsballett / Staatstheater Darmstadt & Hessisches Staatstheater Wiesbaden, and MA Scène Nationale – Pays de Montbéliard and the generous support from Arts Council England, Panalux, PRS for Music Foundation, Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, South East Dance, Goldsmiths University of London, Jerwood Space, Middlesex University, Greenwich Dance Agency, Prettybird UK and Charles Glanville Dixon. Special thanks to Juliette Larthe.