VANTAGE

A project addressing xenophobia, race, and promoting advocacy through dance.

VANTAGE sits at the intersection of movement, technology, cultural identity, nature and most importantly: social justice. The experimental work, VANTAGE, will incorporate virtual reality, dance-for-the-camera, site-specific choreography (choreography catered to an off-stage location), storytelling, and live panel discussions from four distinct racial viewpoints (Asian American, African American, Latinx, and European Causacian). 

 

Through an emphasis on the position from where we view, we highlight how we have different cultural responses towards our experiences depending on from where we gaze.  This study of gaze, specifically how we engage with live art in a post-COVID world, reveals the impact of what we see when we look at each other in a multi-racial/multicultural nation.

VANTAGE will be delivered in three formats: dance-for-camera / virtual reality, live performance, and panel discussions at outreach events. Collaboration among the artists will allow comprehensive input from the racially diverse company dancers. Viewers can rewatch the work from different angles, seeing new movement patterns and relationships each time. The viewer’s gaze informs the meaning of the work as much as the intersecting gazes of the performers.

VANTAGE will incorporate an extensive outreach program, focusing on building a coalition of local partners - schools, community centers, social service providers, chambers, heritage clubs, cultural centers, tutoring / enrichment programs - that prioritize our BIPOC community’s needs. Panel discussions featuring a showcase of the work (through live performance or film excerpts of the work), with a curated roster of social justice advocates, educators, and project artists will be key to the project. Invited guests from the partnering organization(s) and recommendations from their network, as well as a rotating selection of ZiRu’s coalition and artistic team, will comprise each panel. Discussions will be moderated and encourage candid conversation on how to thrive in a multi-racial community.

VANTAGE will be delivered in two formats: virtual reality / film and live as a site-specific piece in nature. Viewers can rewatch the work from different angles, seeing new movement patterns and relationships each time. The viewer’s gaze informs the meaning of the work as much as the intersecting gazes of the performers.

The live site-specific piece will expand to four distinct locations in nature and/or community locations. Here, the viewer is thrust into the scene itself, navigating terrain and weather conditions to complicate the gaze. The project explores moments of unity and striking difference against a shared backdrop with the audience’s own participation as active viewers.