Maria Adriana Verdaasdonk studied the Japanese dance-theatre butoh from 1992–1996 in Tokyo and in 1994 co-founded 66b/cell as a result of work combining body movement and multimedia. She completed a practice-led PhD at Queensland University of Technology in 2007, investigating interdependencies between performing bodies, visual and sonic media.
This paper discusses perspectives on performance-installations where the dancer’s body is perceived as the intermediary in the relationship with visual and sonic media. Viewpoints of artists working in the area of dance/performance, digital screen media and interactive communication devices are presented together with perspectives drawn from the authors’ own work, Living Lens. The current phase of our project, which incorporates performer gesture, ultrasonic speakers and live vocalisations towards a different kind of ‘speaking body’ and polyphonic chorale, will also be briefly presented.