Outside the Vortex (2015 – ongoing) is a dance performance in which a new version of the interactive vortex will “partner” with the dancers. It uses the methodology and programming developed for Dream Vortex, but focuses on a different sort of dream, the aspirations of researchers who don’t fit stereotypical norms of gender, ethnicity or outlook. Their true stories become a springboard for imaginative, empathetic reflections on diversity and creativity.
About Outside the Vortex
Outside the Vortex emerged from a month-long dialogue during the first art and science session at the Djerassi Resident Artist Program in Northern California, where my collaborator Dawn Sumner and I had many conversations about creativity with our fellow residents. Several of the scientists had significant stories of encountering social stereotypes that influenced their creativity and careers in unpredictable and surprising ways. The vivid quality of these emotionally charged stories reminded me of the dreams I had been drawing, verbal reports that could be translated into visual compositions full of compressed meanings. This realization coalesced with the desire of choreographer Donna Sternberg, who was also in residence, to make a dance with the Dream Vortex; our joint project, ongoing as of Spring 2016, is Dream Vortex: Creative Differences.
Donna Sternberg & Dancers will present workshop performances of Outside the Vortex, in Los Angeles, at Diavolo Studio, June 24-25, 2016 and at the Della Davison Performance Studio at the University of California, Davis, July 15-16, 2016.
excerpt from Outside the Vortex Test-of-Concept workshop