Fly (with Miljohn Ruperto)

A Choreography and Digital Animation Collaboration at LA><ART
By Flora Wiegmann and Miljohn Ruperto

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Debuting April 25-27th at LAXART

After a few seconds they’ve come to a tactical decision and they begin to do what they can, to buzz and try to lift themselves.

For FLY, Wiegmann and Ruperto have conceived of a work that uses six performers to reenact Flypaper by Robert Musil (1880-1942). Musil’s essay Flypaper painstakingly describes the struggle and incipient death of an unlucky housefly stuck upon a ribbon of flypaper. In a new adaptation, Flora Wiegmann has choreographed six dancers to move as fly appendages, reenacting the plight of Musil’s creature.  Pauses in the dance score open to a lenticular LCD screen. Mounted on a plinth, it displays an insectile animation mirroring the choreography. In these various registers of scale that begin with Musil’s fly, corporeal movement is staged, captured and distributed in separate approximations of size, form and life force.

In order to make this work, six dancers’ movements were recorded in a motion capture studio and eventually assigned to a digital model of a house fly.  The resulting video is a life-sized image of a fly, powered by human action.




Author: flora wiegmann

Flora Wiegmann aims to recontextualize dance and grant it new possibilities for communication, and to question the limitations inherent in time-based performance. A relocation of dance from the theatrical stage to zones of different institutions as well as the outside world, gives rise to a rich and complex territory for discourse that links historical and contemporary positions of both dance and art simultaneously. Each project begins with a specific conceptual framework out of which the work unfolds. Historical inquiry is often a part of the process, whether it is regarding the specific site of performance or a current personal investigation. Wiegmann often collaborates with visual artists; these pairings of expertise have uncovered parallels between interests and influence, exposing interconnectedness between artistic practices of all categories. At the same time, she continues to create solo works that result in her own distinct findings.