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Onstage: Contemporary Dance Theatre: im'ij-re/Amy Seiwert

By Julie Mullins · January 25th, 2011 · CityBeat Recommends

Combining dance with video projection is not a new concept. However, choreographer Amy Seiwert manages to make it awe-inspiring: Her White Noise piece —created in collaboration with software artist Frieder Weiss— features real-time interactive video projection and manipulation that exaggerates and elongates dancers’ movements to dazzling effect. Seiwert, a Cincinnati native and SCPA grad, founded the San Francisco-based contemporary ballet company, im’ij-re (that’s “imagery”) in 1999 after a 19-year performing career with the Smuin, LA Chamber and Sacramento Ballets.

Catch im’ij-re Friday and Saturday at the Aronoff Center’s Jarson-Kaplan Theater, presented as part of Contemporary Dance Theater’s Guest Artist Series. Expect more melding of classical and contemporary elements throughout the program’s four works, plus ethereal lighting effects and soundscapes. Seiwert sums her concepts up nicely on her Web site: “Ballet has an expressive and vital voice relevant for the current time.�Though respect is held for swans and sylphs, they are not where the company’s interests lie.”

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