Tanzplan Deutschland
Synchronous Objects for One Flat Thing, reproduced by William Forsythe, Maria Palazzi and Norah Zuniga Shaw1404
Online platform1405

Project description1406
April 1, 2009 launch of the interactive web project, "Synchronous Objects for One Flat Thing, reproduced": synchronousobjects.osu.edu

Focusing on Forsythes complex ensemble dance "One Flat Thing, reproduced", the project presents an original collection of screen-based visualizations (video, digital artwork, animation, and interactive graphics) that reveal interlocking systems of organization in the choreography. The project aims to appeal to a broad public from diverse fields including but not limited to dance. Forsythe explains, The project starts from the recognition that choreography is an organizational practice that employs fundamental creative strategies relevant to other domains.
Tanzplan Deutschland supports Synchronous Objects for One Flat Thing, reproduced in its role as an innovative, multimedia learning tool for dance students. Teachers and students from Germanys dance-education institutions got a first impression of the project during lecture demonstrations and workshops at Tanzplan Deutschlands first Dance Education Biennale, held in early 2008 at the HAU in Berlin. (Ingo Diehl, Educational Programme Coordinator, Tanzplan Deutschland)

The project is the result of a collaboration between The Forsythe Company, based in Germany, and researchers at The Ohio State University from design, dance, computer science, geography, statistics and architecture who work together at OSUs Advanced Computing Center for the Arts and Design (ACCAD). Creative Directors William Forsythe, Maria Palazzi (ACCAD/Department of Design), and Norah Zuniga Shaw (ACCAD/Department of Dance) describe the research as a process in which choreographic ideas are the source of information for the composition of unique visual objects. These objects enable the ideas in the choreography to be quickly grasped in their entirety and suggest new interpretations.
This process of transformation from a dance to a choreographic object requires cross-disciplinary collaboration, and in our community at ACCAD we have found that thinking in this way makes space for new connections between art and science, practice and theory, explains Zuniga Shaw. Adds Palazzi: People will access the information in the site in many ways. We want this to be a space of discovery.

Forsythe, formerly the director of the Frankfurt Ballet (Germany) and now The Forsythe Company is recognized for his innovation in classical ballet. He continues to explore innovation in dance, often extending his choreographic process into new manifestations including installations and the expressive digital media tools at the center of this new collaborative project. The collaboration with the ACCAD/Dance team emerged out of Forsythes interest in working in an interdisciplinary research environment. He explains, I was drawn to Ohio State because of the intense focus on interrelation between artists and scientists at ACCAD and the unique significance of dance in that community.

The Advanced Computing Center for the Arts and Design (ACCAD) at Ohio State is a leading academic center for interdisciplinary teaching and research in computer graphics and visualization. The Department of Dance is recognized nationally and internationally for its leadership in choreography, performance, dance documentation, and dance and technology.

Synchronous Objects is the first phase of "Motion Bank", an initiative that Forsythe envisions will become accessible repository of ideas developed through choreographic investigation.1407

Tanzplan Deutschland

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Online April 1st, 20091416

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Ingo Diehl925
Paul-Lincke-Ufer 42/43926
10119 Berlin927
Phone 49 (0)30.695797-10928
Fax 49 (0)30.695797-19929

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The Forsythe Company1417
Advanced Computing Center for the Arts and Design and Departement of Dance (ACCAD), Ohio State University1418