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SleepWalks: The Body of Dreams
Chapel + Cultural Center
Troy, NY
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SleepWalks: The Body of Dreams
SleepWalks: The Body of Dreams
October 21st & 22nd at 8 PM

by Ellen Sinopoli Dance Company
Sound/video artist, Andrea Williams
Musician Lee Pembleton
Scientist, Todd Anderson

We spend about one-third of our lives sleeping and dreaming, yet scientists still dont know exactly why. In an average lifespan of 77 years that is 25 years of our lives.

Recalled collective dreams and strong dreamworld themes shared by overnight SleepWalks participants are the source material for these one-hour dance performances. The music for these performances also comes from the overnight SleepWalks soundscapes by Lee Pembleton and Andrea Williams. Ellen Sinopoli Dance Company dancers transform themselves into the dreamer bodies as they are immersed in Andrea Williams video projection environments. Reality blurs with the dreamworld as the dancers move back and forth between the reality of sleep and the revelation of our dreams.

The overnight SleepWalks component on September 2nd and September 9th explored the effect of sound on dreaming, especially on collective dreaming. The soundscape theme of WATER encouraged water-themed dreams as well as collective dreams. Outcomes included individual dreams that incorporated the entire group, single participants, or one of the musicians. Utilizing the timestamps of the EEG headband readers worn by participants provided by scientist Todd Anderson and the sound sample timestamps by Pembleton and Williams, there is evidence that sounds can, and indeed do, shape the dreamworld of participating dreamers. The long-term goal of SleepWalks is to create soundwalks for sleeping dreamers. Previous overnight SleepWalks venues include Issue Project Room, NYC; Soundwave Festival at Intersection for the Arts, San Francisco; Diapason Gallery, NYC; Parsons Hall Gallery, MA; and Mills College, Oakland, CA as part of Deep Listening/ Iones Dream Festival.

This project is made possible with funds from the Decentralization Program, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and administered by The Arts Center of the Capital Region.
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As a neuroscientist and creative coder, Todd Anderson builds systems that enable faster learning based on recent research into how memories are formed. Sleep is an important part of memory formation, as sleep is when new short-term memories are consolidated into long-term memories. In fact, by curating the sonic environment during both daytime studying and nighttime consolidation, a learner can boost their memory of their studies. This phenomenon was discovered in academic sleep labs around the world, and his company Sheepdog Sciences is building a version for home use.

Lee has been composing and performing music and art for over twenty years. The bulk of that time has been spent investigating sound environments and creating performative installations. He has been a member of several contemporary music/ performance ensembles & jazz bands along with the occasional rock, psychedelic & folk groups. He has performed his works at a variety of venues, ranging from the Smithsonian's Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden to Chicago's infamous punk club, the Czar Bar. His installations have been featured in museums, galleries and clubs in America and Europe.

Sound/Video artist and composer, Andrea Williams, utilizes site-specific elements and perceptual cues to reveal the unseen connections between people and their environment. Her compositions make use of field recordings, instruments, computer technologies and the sound of the performance space itself. She has led soundwalks in New York and the Bay Area, and has shown and performed both solo and with various musicians at galleries and alternative spaces internationally, such as the Whitney Museum, Headlands Center for the Arts, Childrens Creativity Museum, NPR, Miami Art Fair, and the Mamori sound artist residency in the Amazon rainforest. Andrea has created soundscapes for Hope Mohr Dance at Stanford University and video environments for Alyce Finwall Dance Theater at the Joyce Theater in NYC. She is currently attending Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute for her Ph.D in Electronic Arts, and she is a board member of the American Society for Acoustic Ecology.

In its 25th performance season as the resident company of The Egg, the Ellen Sinopoli Dance Company (ESDC) is a professional modern dance company based in NYS's Capital Region that presents the richly imagined choreography of Artistic Director Ellen Sinopoli. Its commitment to create, collaborate, educate and partner remains in the forefront as it shares its work with diverse audiences through concerts, showcases, residencies, and workshops. Its performances at professional, regional, and college theatres as well as community centers, art galleries, public playgrounds, public schools, libraries, museums, historic sites and storefronts include venues in MA, NYC and throughout 17 NYS counties. ESDC offers community outreach programs that include master classes, open rehearsals, lecture/demonstrations, pre-concert discussions, arts-in-education performances and creative movement workshops, movement story hours for schools and libraries and specially designed workshops for the special needs population.  ESDC's recent partnerships include on-going projects with the Center for Disability Services and Living Resources.  ESDC has established partnerships with fellow Capital Region artists and cultural venues to augment its own creativity, build new audiences and further serve its community.



Chapel + Cultural Center (View)
2125 Burdett Ave.
Troy, NY 12180
United States

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Arts > Dance

Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!


Owner: Andrea
On BPT Since: Oct 08, 2016
Art Director, Andrea Williams

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