Merging Choreographies Of Camera, Dance, And Screen To Create A Multimedia Performance With Live-Stream Technology
Christina McKinney’s research titled “Merging Choreographies Of Camera, Dance, And Screen To Create A Multimedia Performance With Live-Stream Technology” analyzes the creative process, big idea, and outcomes of creating her work, With Undivided Awareness (2023). This eighteen-minute quartet brought elements of filmmaking onto the stage using cameras, live-streaming software, and projection to create a multimedia performance. With Undivided Awareness contained both in-person interactions between dancers and cameras and a live video feed projected onto a large screen spanning the back of the stage. The creative process for the piece integrated three layers of choreography—camera, multimedia dance, and screen—to result in the multimedia performance that incorporated live-stream technology. With Undivided Awareness displayed dance in an overlapping of human and digital gazes—through which McKinney expanded the experience of where dance happens, what dance is, and how one can dance. She created a new way of dancemaking that shows both context and detail simultaneously through the use of live-streaming cameras to bring the audience an alternate perspective on stage dance.