Landing/Place - Animation in Dance Performance


Collaboration with:
Choreographer and director:
Bebe Miller, Dance
Dramaturgy: Talvin Wilks

Live Music: Albert Mathias
Angie Hauser
Kathleen Hermesdorf
Kathleen Fisher
Darrel Jones
David Thomson
Visual Art and Production:
Video Art: Maya Ciarrocchi
Motion Capture Based Animation:
Vita Berezina-Blackburn, ACCAD
Motion Capture Production:
Brian Windsor, ACCAD
Hyun Jung Chae, GRA, Dance
Fran Kalal, Lab assistant, Design
Eric Camper, Lab assistant, Art

Landing/Place is a Bessie award winning mediated dance performance choreographed by Bebe Miller. It combines dance with motion capture, live and pre-recorded video, and computer animation. Landing/Place was completed in October 1, 2005. The full evening of work concerns the impact of the unfamiliar against the everyday (picture any collision of images that tells you you're not at home). The work explores sensory, spatial, and cultural dislocation, the yearning towards order in the apprehension of difference. While inspired by Bebe Miller's travels in Eritrea, Landing/Place is created as a portrait of a more common landscape, the daily exchange of competing ideas of 'Place.' In 2006 the project won the coveted Bessie Award. Landing Place motion capture sequences were stated as:

"...powerful... strangely evocative"
The New York Times,  2005

"...sophisticated and lyrical"
Chicago Sun Times, 2005

Established in 1985, the mission of the Bebe Miller Company is to support the artistic vision of choreographer Bebe Miller in creative, cross-disciplinary explorations and in creating and performing new words. Landing/Place was developed with support from the Advanced Computing Center for the Arts and Design and the Department of Dance at the Ohio State University.Landing/Place was presented at the Wexner Center for the Arts, the Kitchen, Yerba Buena, Red Cat, Dance Theatre Workshop and other venues.

Univ. of Maryland (premiere site)
Wexner Center for the Arts
Columbia College (Chicago)


Cleveland Performing Arts
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (SF)
Dance Theater Workshop (NYC)

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