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Sensorium 2017 - Tue 3/21


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For the third year, Sensorium returns for one night.  Combining Social Media, Interactive Exhibits, and Contemporary Pieces, all seats are $29 and designed to draw people to the ballet who perhaps didn't think it was for them.  The first two years saw contemporary pieces (Scarlett's Hummingbird, Forsythe's Vertiginous Thrill of Exactitude, and Wheeldon's Borealis in 2015, Forsythe's Pas/Parts 2016 and Possokhov's Swimmer last year).  This year is a combination of old and new:  Balanchine's Diamonds and Scarlett's Fearful Symmetries.

 

https://www.sfballet.org/season/events/2017-sensorium/

 

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I have two tickets for Sensorium on Tue 3/21 if you're interested.  They are in Orchestra Left in the back.  PM if you are interested. 

 

NOTE:  I am actually working at the event now as a member of BRAVO, hence no need for the tickets now.

 

Highlights from the first Sensorium in 2015:  https://youtu.be/HlRHY3mC5fY

 

Last year:  https://youtu.be/pwUGNTrtXLQ

 

 

 

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On ‎3‎/‎17‎/‎2017 at 10:34 AM, sf_herminator said:

I have two tickets for Sensorium on Tue 3/21 if you're interested.  They are in Orchestra Left in the back.  PM if you are interested. 

 

NOTE:  I am actually working at the event now as a member of BRAVO, hence no need for the tickets now.

 

Highlights from the first Sensorium in 2015:  https://youtu.be/HlRHY3mC5fY

 

Last year:  https://youtu.be/pwUGNTrtXLQ

 

 

 

Tickets have been spoken for.....

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I was at Sensorium this year - as an audience member AND as a volunteer.  Full disclosure:  I am a member of BRAVO - Ballet Resource and Volunteer Organization (https://www.sfballet.org/support-us/get-involved/bravo).  One of the aspects that makes Sensorium a very different event are the installations where you can learn more about other aspects of ballet.  You can learn more about tutus and make-up.  As seen in pherank's post above, Mathilde demonstrated movement while someone would draw inspired by the ballerina's movement.  There was another installation that I had the opportunity to work with where a musician from the orchestra would play and the participant/artist would create a line drawing listening to the violinist or cellist for 10 seconds inspired by the music.  The participant would then take their drawing to the camera (manned by yours truly) to take a picture of their drawing.  All these drawing would then be incorporated into a short film.  There were specific instructions for the participant.  They were not to draw any objects or write any words.  They were to think of the pen (sharpie) as the dancer moving to the musician playing (either a violinist or cellist).  I was told by one of the organizers that the film would be available at a later date.  I was pleasantly surprised to find a short film on You Tube on Thursday!!  ANd when I saw the film, it was actually reverse of the drawing.  The participants were drawing with a black sharpie on white paper.  But as you can see in the film (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L7_lJNLBXH0) it is the opposite - but quite impactful!!!

 

Social media was incorporated into the evening's festivities.  I did not catch everything as I had to get back to my post for the installation, but will update with more information later.  As far as the actual performance, this year was a little different in that the first piece was one of the most traditional pieces - Balanchine's Diamonds.  The second piece was the piece Liam Scarlett created last year - Fearful Symmetries.  It was the complete opposite of Diamonds.  But I thought it was great to have these pieces side by side for people who have never been to the ballet before.  Last year's program was Forsythe's Pas/Parts 2016 and Possokhov's Swimmer.

 

The installations continued after the performance, along with two after parties.  One was on the lower level and the other was in the bar on the mezzanine level.  Admittedly, it was hard to hear the musicians with the loud music from both places.  Luckily both the participants and musicians were game.

 

In the meantime, here is another link:  http://sensoriumdance.com/

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2 hours ago, sf_herminator said:

There was another installation that I had the opportunity to work with where a musician from the orchestra would play and the participant/artist would create a line drawing listening to the violinist or cellist for 10 seconds inspired by the music.  The participant would then take their drawing to the camera (manned by yours truly) to take a picture of their drawing.  All these drawing would then be incorporated into a short film.  There were specific instructions for the participant.  They were not to draw any objects or write any words.  They were to think of the pen (sharpie) as the dancer moving to the musician playing (either a violinist or cellist).  I was told by one of the organizers that the film would be available at a later date.  I was pleasantly surprised to find a short film on You Tube on Thursday!!  ANd when I saw the film, it was actually reverse of the drawing.  The participants were drawing with a black sharpie on white paper.  But as you can see in the film (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L7_lJNLBXH0) it is the opposite - but quite impactful!!!

 

Nice work - interesting how many 'artists' decided to depict recognizable things, and how many used only abstract linework.

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