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Hi Rachel, I think about this very question all the time.
I have recently resorted to presenting edited versions of performance through video. Video displaces the viewer from the true experience of the piece and I feel that edited sequences acknowledges this displacement one step further. It is my hope that the summation of the whole will interest someone into eventually seeing the live version in the future. The thought of compensation for video / performance is so foreign to me that I rarely consider the option. I remain hopeful that ideas will spread so long as I am open to the means of which that happens.
What are your thoughts?
nteresting question. I have done two years of work exclusively for the online medium. I don't think of it as replacing the theater or a live space but it is a space unto itself. There is no conflict between an actor who performs in television or movies and in theater they simply do both. Dance is no different. There are many dance shows on TV and many dance videos on youtube so I say we embrace the Internet and its ability to play video. Millions of people have video players in their pockets so you can make work for that medium which could be seen by millions of people or you can convince a couple hundred people to have your intended experience in a theater or live performance space. I understand that people want to get paid for their work but that is not enough. You also need to make work that deserves to be paid for. Unlike a musician who plays a cover, we don't get to dance our own version of Alvin Ailey's Revelations at the end of our concerts because we know people will love it. All of our songs are original and its hard when people can't sing (dance) along from time to time in our concerts. My blog is http://danceaday.com
We already face the challenge of proving that our work deserves to be compensated. Media works extend work to new audiences and new possibilities. I do wonder, though, at what point people will extinguish real interaction and experience, and if we as a species will be able to recognize the value of and need for visceral interaction in maintaining and developing our humanity... which art sometimes helps us to do...
;)) Course or other devices on the web.
Target Youtube for audience :)
Good point Quinn. The better we work with it, the more video becomes its own medium and form of 'choreography' -- different elements, possibilities and restrictions.