The Real Ones / Opravdoví

In the world inhabited by physically present, remote and virtual actors,
who is The Real One?
What is happening at the very moment when you are watching the performance?
Do the simultaneous events influence each other?

A unique multimedia performance which connects the events in two different places into a unified audience experience. A fusion of contemporary dance, music and the latest technologies creates the specific genre of Networked Performance.

In the performance, the authors are exploring: what is the relationship of the observer to the actors transmitted through media? How does our attention alter from the physically present action to the screens and back? Who creates our reality and how many layers does it have?

Premiere: 26th September 2018
in Uffo – Trutnov & Moving Station – Pilsen (Czech Republic)

Concept, Direction & Production: MovementTouch (Bitterová & Biscoe)
Choreography: Jana Bitterová in collaboration with performers
Visual Art, Scenography and Technology:  
Studio Biscoe
Performers: Helena Šťávová Ratajová, Roman Zotov-Mikshin
MusicGeorge De Decker
Lighting: Studio Biscoe
Costumes: Jana Bitterová
Production Assistant: Zuzana Hájková
Software Assistant: Aleš Zemene
Technicians, Moving Station, Pilsen: Petr Beránek, Jonáš Špaček, Jan Strnad
Production, Moving Station, Pilsen:  Eva Kraftová, Roman Černík
Technicians, UFFO, Trutnov: Ondřej Beier, Jiří Kesler, Radek Ježek
Production, UFFO, Trutnov: Zdeněk Fibír

Supported by: Nadace Život umělce; Město Trutnov; Královéhradecký kraj; Plzeňský kraj; Kinonekino – Město PlanáUFFO – společenské centrum TrutnovaMoving Station, Plzeň.

Photo: Michal Hančovský, Vít Štaif

The Spaces Within

A Networked Performance for the New World Center

The Frank Gehry designed New World Center comprises a vast collection of geometries: a range of spaces seemingly carved into the solid mass of their container with little respect for the right‐angle or the straight line. An interior where it can be difficult to comprehend where one surface finishes and another begins, as to where the volume of any one space touches another. Could music performed simultaneously across separate parts of the building explore and expose the remnants of musicians who reside between? Could it access other worlds that are lost between the physical geometries?

The Spaces Within premiered at the Network Performing Arts Production Workshop in April 2018 as a work in  progress with the fellows of the New World Symphony.

CREDITS

Concept, Production & Visual Art: Studio Biscoe
Musical Direction: 
Roman Yearin, Christopher Robinson
Music: Charles Ives: The Unanswered Question, Aaron Copland: Appalachian Spring (excerpts)
Networked Conductors: Roman Yearin, Christoper Robinson, Gregory Cardi
Musicians: Peiming Lin (Violin 1), Hye Jin Koh (Violin 1), Alex Lee (Violin 1), Margeaux Maloney (Violin 2), Ju Hyung Shin (Violin 2), Kip Reicken (Viola), Jesse Yukimura (Viola), Esther Chae (Cello), Jack Gallahan (Cello), Doug Aliano (Bass), Stephany Kim (Flute), Chloe Turdi (Flute), Johanna Gruskin (Flute), Jesse McCandless (Clarinet), Ansel Norris (Trumpet), Darren Hicks (Bassoon), Michael Linville (Piano).
Choreographer: Jana Bitterova
Dancers: Ivonne Batanero, Samantha Pazos
Audio:  Alan Miller,  John Henry Dale
Robot Cameras & Video Tech: Dan Slentz, Mike Van Roy, Shaun Wright, Bryan Rider,
Lighting: Luke Kritzeck
IT: Luis Quintero, Andrew Salman
Technician: Michael McEvoy
Special Thanks To: Justin Trieger, John Kieser
Photography & Videography: Studio Biscoe, Justin Trieger, New World Symphony
Supported byNew World Symphony

Similarities

Site Specific Networked performance / Real-Time-Made Film
connecting performers in Copenhagen, Miami, Barcelona and Prague.

Eyes of four cameras are capturing performers who are the guides on a journey through their locations. The audience is invited to experience a blend of four seemingly similar places, traveling from the world of small details until the performers‘ interaction with their environments gradually reveals the uniqueness of each.

Everything happened in the same time accompanied by the unifying live music from Prague. Low latency streams of the four locations were sent to a live mixing station of Studio Biscoe in Copenhagen where they were composed and projected for the audience. No post-production; just real-time interaction on the 3rd April 2017.

The performance was a part of the Network Performing Arts Production Workshop, Copenhagen 2017.

CREDITS
Artistic Director & Choreography: Jana Bitterová
Live Editing & Stream Mixing Solutions: Studio Biscoe
Network Solutions: CESNET
Music: Unlimited Trio

Copenhagen – The Royal Danish Academy of Music
Performance/Choreography: Jana Bitterová
Camera: Sybilla Tuxen
Technical Team: Sven Ubik, Ian Biscoe, Thomas Solak

Miami – The New World Symphony
Performance/Choreography: Jocelyn Perez
Camera: David Marin
Technical Team: John Henry Dale, Justin Trieger

Barcelona – MACBA
Performance/Choreography: Rosa Sanchez – Konic Thtr
Visuals: Alain Baumann
Camera: Adolf Alcañiz
Network coordination: M. Isabel Gandia (CSUC)

Prague – National Technical Library
Music Performance: Unlimited Trio (Nikita Krein, Aliaksandr Yasinski, Ilya Blackwedge)
Camera: Vojtěch Votýpka
Prague video production: Pavel Pečiva
Technical Team: Sven Ubik, Jiří Navrátil, Martin Kolbe, Jakub Halák, Jiří Melnikov, Jiří Kubišta

Longing for the Impossible for the Moment it is Real

Collaboration on the networked performance hosted by the Royal Danish Academy of Music in Copenhagen – Denmark’s first public networked performance.

Longing for the Impossible comprised 5 contemporary compositions which featured a mix of performers in Copenhagen, Barcelona and London.

Jana Bitterova collaborated with dancers to create a networked choreography following a visual theme of orbiting spheres by Studio Biscoe (inspired by the atomic model of Danish physicist Niels Bohr). The performers – regardless of physical location – were all elements of the same performance space as experienced by the audience.

Animal #1 –  composition by Esben Nordborg Møller for string quartet accompanied by 3 dancers (Bruno Ramri, Irene García and Elia Genis) in Barcelona.

Perfunctory – composition by Rob Durnin for string quartet and marimba, two vocalist (one in Copenhagen and one in London) and a dancer Indrek Kornel in Copenhagen.

Invisible Movement – composition by Anna Nikolova performed by Anna on Disklavier with dancer Marie Lykkemark Simonsen in Copenhagen.

Your clone continues to run for his life – composition by James Black for Carophone (a custom instrument) performed by James, a Harpist dueting in London, and two dancers (Irene García and  Elia Genis) in Barcelona.

The Taking After The Kiss – composition by Xavier Bonfil for Marimba and electronics with duet of dancers – Georgia Kapodistria in Copenhagen and Bruno Ramri in Barcelona.

CREDITS
Composers:
Esben Nordborg Møller, Xavier Bonfil, Anna Nikolova, James Black, Rob Durnin
Composer Coordination:
Niels Rosing-Schow
Musicians:
Kalle Hakosalo, Cecilie Emtoft, Martyna Kulpińska, Marcus Mukherjee, Daniel Sledzinski, Caitriona Finnegan, Anne-Kristine Skov Vognsen, Feargal MostynWilliams, Henriette Poos, Anna Nikolova, James Black, Xavier Bonfil
Dancers/Choreographers:
Marie Lykkemark Simonsen, Georgia Kapodistria, Indrek Kornel, Bruno Ramri, Irene García, Elia Genis
Producer:
Thomas Solak
Direction, dramaturgy, set design, 3D stream animation, projection, visual art and lighting:
Studio Biscoe
Networked Choreography/Artistic Adviser:
Jana Bitterova
Vocal Coordinators:
Ann Somerville, Eva Hess Thaysen
Networked Technical Partners:
Maria Isabel Gandia Carriedo, Tania Lisboa
Audio, Video & Network Engineering:
Jesper Andersen, Peter Barnow, Juan Bayona, Jonas Krossli, Javier Iglesias, Pedro Lorente, Toni Lucea, Weronika Wierzba, Casper Augustenborg
Supported by:
Royal Danish Academy of Music, Copenhagen; The Danish National School of Performing Arts, Copenhagen; MACBA, Barcelona; Institut del Teatre, Barcelona; Institut de Cultura de l’Ajuntament de Barcelona; CSUC, Barcelona; Royal College of Music, London; Studio Biscoe, UK; DeiC, Denmark

The Incredible Voyage of Kryštof Harant

An installation and dance performance within the ruined walls of Pecka Castle poetically interpreting the journeys of former resident and renaissance Bohemian nobleman Kryštof Harant.

Harant undertook a two year pilgrimage to the Holy Land in 1598/99 about which he wrote and illustrated a unique book Journey from Bohemia to the Holy Land, by way of Venice and the Sea published in 1608. The purposefully naive animations used in the installation are directly drawn from the beautiful – and sometimes fantastical – Harant’s drawings. Music for the performance includes parts of Missa Quinis Vocibus super Dolorosi martir composed by Harant.

Premiered in June 2017 within Festival Pecka.

CREDITS
Visual Art, Animation & Projection Mapping: Studio Biscoe
Choreography/Dance: Jana Bitterova

Photo: Hynek Kalista

Biscoe Bitterova Project

Exploring innovative approach for collaboration
between visual & performing artists
using digital technologies

Jana Bitterova with Studio Biscoe (visual art & technologies) – collectively “BBP”- developed an innovative approach whereby both visual and dance artists become live collaborative performers.

They create performance environment where gestures of the visual artist creates visuals on sides of the performance space, becoming the physical motion of the dance artist, and to which the visual artist can in turn respond.

BBP are integrating the technology (gestural sensors, cameras, projection-mapping) that facilitate the interaction between the artists in a fully improvised and structured context. Working from an improvisation, they are interested in the notion of borders and boundaries in both abstract and narrative sense. They also collaborate with live musician Oak Matthias.

Bridge to Everywhere: 234

The contemporary telepresence multidisciplinary performance that examines the cultural ties formed by immigrants between their adopted home and their place of origin; the links that are established virtually between these places and peoples through the Internet.
Bridge to Everywhere connected performers in Miami and Havana – in two locations, which are only 234 miles far from each other, nevertheless due to the political situation it is challenging to make any direct connection. We built the bridge between Cuban immigrants living in Miami and their country of origin.

CREDITS:
Producer, Visual Artist & Systems Engeneering: Ian Biscoe
Choreography & Artistic Adviser: Jana Bitterova
Performers: Miami dancers – Liony Garcia, Alejandro Ransoli, Samantha Pazos, Ivonne Batanero; Havana dancers – Rosario Cardenas Company (Claudia Lorena Rodríguez, Yanet Garau Rodríguez, Daniel Belcourt Valdés, Luis Angel Delgado Gómez)
Music: drummers – Dennys Papacho Savon, Eduardo Rodriguez, additional music by Nacional Electrónica and Andrew Yeomanson / Spam Allstars

Premiere: 22nd March 2016, New World Center in Miami Beach, Florida

www.bridgetoeverywhere.com

Videos

Similarities
Longing for the Impossible
Biscoe Bitterova Project – Highlights “Digitalization”
Biscoe Bitterova Project “Analog Improvisation”
Bridge To Everywhere: 234 – Highlights
Bridge To Everywhere: 234 – Opening Act “Connected/disconnected”