Dancer | Maker | Researcher | Teacher

Sylvia Rijmer is an interdisciplinary dance artist, maker & researcher. She is deeply interested in collaborative creations which bridge the gap between the arts and sciences to encounter alternative possibilities for experiencing dance as an evolutionary art form.





Biography

Sylvia Rijmer is an interdisciplinary dance artist, maker & researcher, working at the intersection between dance and science. Though she is formally trained, and has danced as a dance professional in various dance ensembles and repertoire companies, her current creative research work takes an experimental approach, striving for collaborative creations which bridge the gap between the arts and sciences to encounter alternative possibilities for making and experiencing dance as a continuously evolving art.

Sylvia studied dance at Het Nationale Ballet Academie (NL), Elmhurst Ballet School (UK), and Ballet Sumber Cipta (ID), and holds a B.F.A from The Juilliard School, and an M.A and a Specialist Title in Dance from the Polytechnic Institute of Lisbon.

Professionally she danced at Ballet Gulbenkian, Bern Ballet, Tok’Art, Stageworks Rui Horta, Ana Roethlisberger Co., Marcel Leemann Physical Dance Theatre, Company Olga Roriz, Cie. DRIFT and Stadttheater Giessen. As a choreographer, she has created various works since 1996, showcasing them in NYC, Switzerland and Portugal. As a ballet master she worked with Olga Roriz setting her ballets for the Olga Roriz Dance Company, The Portuguese National Ballet Company, and Balé Teatro Guaíra in Brazil. She has been on the dance faculty at the Superior School of Dance in Lisbon, since 2017.


As a dance maker and researcher, Sylvia collaborated with Moving Digits: Augmented Dance for Engaged Audience, and the BlackBox Team of interdisciplinary and multimodal scientists, where she could develop her artistic research on Dance and Technology, and Dance and Cognition, respectively.

In 2019, she was invited to participate as speaker at the DDCMC19 Dance Data, Cognition, and Multimodal Communication Conference (Nova University, Lisbon), SoBA Lab - Social Robotics Department ((Glasgow University), and at the LaSeeb Lab - Institute for Systems and Robotics (Técnico University, Lisbon), where she presented her choreographic methodology (BLM) within her artistic dance practice as ongoing research.



curriculum vitae

EDUCATION

VOCATIONAL DANCE TRAINING

1992-1996
THE JUILLIARD SCHOOL USA

1990-1992
ELMHURST BALLET SCHOOL UK

1988-1989
NATIONALE BALLET ACADEMIE NL

1980 - 1987
SUMBER CIPTA BALLET SCHOOL ID


DEGREES/SCHOLARSHIPS/AWARDS

2019
SCHOLARSHIP OF ACADEMIC MERIT
IPL - Polytechnic Institute of Lisbon PT

2019
SPECIALIST TITLE IN DANCE (honours)
IPL - Polytechnic Institute of Lisbon PT

2017
MASTERS IN DANCE TEACHING (honours)
Superior School of Dance PT

1992 - 1996
BACHELOR OF FINE ARTS IN DANCE
The Juilliard School USA

1994
PHILLIP MORRIS PRIZE
Esplanade
Choreography: Paul Taylor
International Theatre School Festival
Amsterdam, Holland

1990 - 1992
GENERAL CERTIFICATE OF SECONDARY EDUCATION
Elmhurst Ballet School UK



PROFESSIONAL DANCE EXPERIENCE
2015
TOK’ART PT
Nostos

2014
STAGEWORKS RUI HORTA PT
Hierarquia nas Nuvens

2012
OLGA RORIZ DANCE COMPANY | PT
Cenas

2012
TOK’ART | PT
You never know how things are going to come together

2011
TOK’ART | PT
Suggestions for walking alone / Vertical / Work

2011
KOMPAGNIE ANNA RÕTHLISBERGER CH
Brain Game

2009 - 2010
OlGA RORIZ DANCE COMPANY | PT
Nortada / Interiores (Film) / Sagração da Primavera

2008
MARCEL LEEMANN PHYSICAL DANCE THEATRE CH
Nebel Leben

2005 - 2008
OlGA RORIZ DANCE COMPANY | PT
O amor ao canto do bar vestido do negro/ Daqui em Diante / Paraiso / A Sesta (Film) / Inferno

2003 - 2005
BALLET GULBENKIAN PT
Artistic Direction: Paulo Ribeiro
Danced in choreographic works by: Clara Andermatt, Mauro Bigonzetti, Stijn Célis, Marie Chouinard, Rui Lopes Graça, Rui Horta, Gilles Jobin, Jiří Kylián, Ohad Naharin, Paulo Ribeiro, Hervé Robbe, Didy Veldman

2000 - 2003
BERN BALLET CH
Artistic Direction: Félix Duméril
Rehearsal Assistants: Jennifer Grissette, Hans Knill, Annegien Sneep
Danced in choreographic works by: Orjan Andersson, Stijn Célis, Félix Duméril, Nils Christe, Jacopo Godani, António Gomes, Foofwa D’immobilité, Jiří Kylián, Denise Lampart, David Parsons, Gisela Rocha, Philippe Saire, Pierre Wyss

1999
OPERNHAUS ZÜRICH CH
Ch: Phillipe Eggli
Simplicius

1999
DANCE COMPANY MOLTENI CH
Ch: Phillipe Eggli & dancers
Über leichte Schultern

1999
COMPANY POOL CH
Ch: Ivan Wolfe and dancers
Between

1999
CIE. DRIFT CH
Relâche Noir

1999
STADTTHEATER ST.GALLEN CH
Evita

1998
STADTTHEATER GIESSEN DE
Artistic Direction: Roberto Galván

1997
CIE. DRIFT CH
Amours Urbaines

1994
JUILLIARD DANCE ENSEMBLE USA
Ch: Paul Taylor
Esplanade


DANCE TEACHING

2017 - 2020 SUPERIOR SCHOOL OF DANCE PT
2018 - 2019 VITOR CORDON DANCE STUDIOS PT
2017 NATIONAL BALLET COMPANY PT
2016 - 2017 SUPERIOR SCHOOL OF DANCE PT
2015 - 2016 CONSERVATORY OF DANCE AND MUSIC COIMBRA |PT
2013 - 2015 F.O.R DANCE THEATRE PT
2009 - 2015 OLGA RORIZ DANCE COMPANY PT
2015 DANÇA DE AVEIRO PT
2014 STAGEWORKS RUI HORTA PT
2013 PROFESSIONAL BALLET SCHOOL OF PORTO PT
2012 BALÉ TEATRO GUAÍRA BR
2010 - 2011 QUORUM DANCE COMPANY & QUORUM ACADEMY PT
2011 FORUM DANÇA PT
2011 PROFESSIONAL BALLET SCHOOL OF PORTO PT
2009 OLGA RORIZ DANCE COMPANY PT
2011 MATSUMOTO PERFORMING ARTS CENTRE JP
1999 DENSITY DE


REHEARSAL ASSISTANT

2014
OLGA RORIZ DANCE COMPANY PT
Terra
Choreography: Olga Roriz
Original creation for Companhia Olga Roriz

2014
NATIONAL BALLET COMPANY PT
Orfeu e Euridíce
Choreography: Olga Roriz
Original creation for The National Ballet Company

2012
BALÉ TEATRO GUAÍRA BR
A Sagração da Primavera
Choreography: Olga Roriz
A re-staging

2011-2012
NATIONAL BALLET COMPANY PT
A Sagração da Primavera
Choreography: Olga Roriz
A re-staging

2010
OlGA RORIZ DANCE COMPANY PT
A Sagração da Primavera
Choreography: Olga Roriz
Original creation for Companhia Olga Roriz


ACADEMIC PROJECTS

DANCE RESEARCH

2018 - 2020
DANCE & TECHNOLOGY RESEARCH with MOVING DIGITS - AUGMENTED DANCE FOR ENGAGED AUDIENCE | PT/EE/DE
Invited dancer/choreographer
Personal research theme: the Glitch
An arts based dance and technology performance (live & film) using motion capture (Captury and XSense) and live dancing to explore the idea of the digital glitch as a metaphor for the friction between the bio-logic and the digi-logic within/of dance as a human based, performing art.

2018 - 2019
DANCE & COGNITION RESEARCH with BLACKBOX - ARTS & COGNITION
Faculty of Social and Human Sciences (FCSH) / Nova University, Portugal
Invited guest choreographer & researcher.
Personal research theme: Negotiating deliberate choice-making within an artistic practice
A practical research platform in collaboration with the BlackBox team of interdisciplinary scientists to seek out practical methods for artistic choice making in the generation of personalised movements embedded within systemic embodiments and adapted choreographic propositions according to their subjective “Body Logic”, and using the Body Logic Method (BLM).


TALKS & CONFERENCES

2020
PRACTICAL SEMINARY at THE ALMADA DANCE COMPANY STUDIOS PT
Seminary Theme: When Classical and Contemporary Dance Collide & New Forms Emerge

2019
ART & SCIENCE TALK at TÉCNICO UNIVERSITY PT
LASEEB - EVOLUTIONARY SYSTEMS and BIOMEDICAL ENGINEERING LAB
ISR- INSTITUTE FOR SYSTEMS and ROBOTICS
Invitation: Patrícia Figuereido
Personal research theme and presentation: Negotiating Deliberate Choice-Making: Insights from an interdisciplinary and multimodal encounter during the making of a New Contemporary Dance

EDUCATION & DANCE TALK at THE SUPERIOR SCHOOL OF DANCE PT
Shared Research Theme and Talk with Professor of music Isabel Duarte, Professor of Dance Vitor Garcia, Musician/Composer Dave Boyd and myself
Research Theme: BODYMUSIC - The impact of a collaborative pedagogical practice between teacher, musician and student in vocational dance teaching.

ART & SCIENCE TALK at GLASGOW UNIVERSITY SCT
SOBA LAB - SOCIAL BRAIN IN ACTION LABORATORY
Invitation: Emily Cross
Personal research theme and presentation: Negotiating Deliberate Choice-Making: Insights from an interdisciplinary and multimodal encounter during the making of a New Contemporary Dance.

DDCMC19 DANCE DATA, COGNITION and MULTIMODAL COMMUNICATION CONFERENCE - FCSH NOVA UNIVERSITY PT
Invitation: Carla Montez Fernandes
Personal research theme and presentation: Negotiating Deliberate Choice-Making: Insights from an interdisciplinary and multimodal encounter during the making of a New Contemporary Dance.

CHOREOGRAPHIC CREATIONS

2019
VR INSTALLATION
INSHADOW FESTIVAL PT
In collaboration with BlackBox - Arts & Cognition
Additional Showings at: Espaço Cultural de Mercês (Lisbon)

A Virtual Reality installation that resulted from the convergence between the choreographer Sylvia Rijmer’s impulse to formalise her compositional and choreographic methodologies, and BlackBox Project scientific drive to frame, analyse and make an artistic process more tangible. This installation allows visitors to experience in an immersive way alternative perspectives on a dance creation process using new media: 3D point clouds, stereoscopic and high–speed photography.

2019
A BEAUTIFUL GLITCH
NRW TANZHAUS DE
A Dance and Technology Choreographic project created in collaboration with Moving Digits & Mirevi Lab Hochschule Düsseldorf.

2018
NEGOTIATING CHOICE IN BODY LOGICS
MARIA MATOS REHEARSAL STUDIO PT
CAB DANCE STUDIO PT
A Two-Part Research Investigation with the Scientific Team of The Blackbox at the FCSH - Nova University and 3 contemporary dancers.

2017
AN INVITATION TO PAUSE
SUPERIOR SCHOOL OF DANCE PT
A dance creation for the graduating students.

2012
11 WAYS TO WALK
PROFESSIONAL BALLET SCHOOL OF PORTO PT
A group creation for the students of the dance school.


2012
FOR ALMIRA
PROFESSIONAL BALLET SCHOOL OF PORTO PT
A solo creation

2012
ANATOMIZATION
CENTRO CULTURAL DE BELÉM | Black Box PT
A solo creation

2011
EVERY.BODY.HUNTS
CENTRO CULTURAL DE BELÉM | Black Box PT
A group creation

2010
COMUNICACIÓNINTERPRETACIÓNAUTOMÁTICA
MATADERO MADRID: CENTRO DE CREACIÓN CONTEMPORÁNEA ES
A shared creative collaboration with dancers from the National Ballet of Spain (CND), Ballet Gulbenkian and Netherlands Dans Theater (NDT)

2010
HUNTING
IMPULSTANZ WIEN AT
A solo creation under the guidance of Ivo Dimchev

2009
BODY MEMORY
CENTRO CULTURAL DE BELÉM | Black Box PT
A solo creation

2006
30 MORE MINUTES OF YOUR TIME
TEATRO AVEIRENSE PT
A solo creation

2003
LAS PALOMAS
SUPERIOR SCHOOL OF DANCE PT
A group creation for the students of the dance school

2002
A BUTCHER’S TALE
BERN BALLET CH
A group creation as a Young Choreographer in the company

2001
A LITTLE GAME
BERN BALLET CH
A duet created as a Young Choreographer in the company

1996
RENDEZ VOUS
THE JUILLIARD SCHOOL USA
A group creation as a graduate student

PROJECTS

PRODUCTION

2011
FEEDBACK KOLECTIV PT
Feedback #2: A multi-media evening of artistic works in progress
Founders: Miguel Lucas Mendes, Paulo Reis and Sylvia Rijmer

2010
FEEDBACK KOLECTIV PT
Feedback #1: A multi-media evening of artistic works in progress
Founders: Miguel Lucas Mendes, Paulo Reis and Sylvia Rijmer

WEB PLATFORM

2017 - Today
TKB - TRANSMEDIA KNOWLEDGE-BASE FOR PERFORMING ARTS
Faculty of Social and Human Sciences (FCSH)
Universidade Nova, Portugal


INTERVIEWS

MUDA MAGAZINE
2015 July Issue
Interviewer: Bruno Gaiola

TAP UP MAGAZINE
2013 November Issue
Interviewer: Maria João Veloso

LE COOL LISBOA
2001 July Issue
Interviewer: Pedro Ventura

BALLET TANZ AKTUELL
2001 Year Book
Outstanding Young Dancer Nominee
Dance Critic: Lilo Weber / Neue Zuercher Zeitung

DANSE SUISSE - TANZ
1999-2000 December - January Issue
Interviewer: Christina Thurner


CALENDAR


2020

January 8
Practical Seminary: When Classical and Contemporary Dance Collide
& New Forms Emerge
Almada Dance Company Studios / Almada, Portugal
https://www.cdanca-almada.pt/en/


2019

December 19
Talk on personal research: Negotiating Deliberate Choice-Making: Insights from an interdisciplinary and multimodal encounter during the making of a New Contemporary Dance.
Técnico University / Lisbon, Portugal
LaSeeb Lab - Evolutionary Systems and Biomedical Engineering
Invitation by DPhil. Patrícia Figueiredo
https://www.laseeb.org/
http://blackbox.fcsh.unl.pt/sylvia-rijmer.html


December 16
Conference & shared talk: The impact of a collaborative pedagogical practice between teacher, musician and student in vocational dance training.
Escola Superior de Dança / Lisbon, Portugal
Superior School of Dance (IPL - Polytechnic Institute of Portugal)
https://www.esd.ipl.pt/en/homepage/
https://www.ipl.pt/en


November 29 & December 6 & 13
VR Installation
In Shadow Festival / Lisbon, Portugal
In collaboration with BlackBox - Arts & Cognition
Showings at: Espaço Cultural de Mercês
A Virtual Reality installation that resulted from the convergence between the choreographer Sylvia Rijmer’s impulse to formalise her compositional and choreographic methodologies, and BlackBox Project scientific drive to frame, analyse and make an artistic process more tangible. This installation allows visitors to experience in an immersive way alternative perspectives on a dance creation process using new media: 3D point clouds, stereoscopic and high–speed photography.
https://vimeo.com/377138097
http://blackbox.fcsh.unl.pt/a-vr-dance-study-with-sylvia-rijmer-body-logic-in-virtual-reality.html


November 26
Talk on personal research: Negotiating Deliberate Choice-Making: Insights from an interdisciplinary and multimodal encounter during the making of a New Contemporary Dance.
University of Glasgow / Glasgow, Scotland
SoBA Lab - Social Brain in Action Laboratory
Invitation by Prof. Emily Cross
https://www.soba-lab.com/
http://blackbox.fcsh.unl.pt/sylvia-rijmer.html


October 22 - 26
A choreographic creation: A Beautiful Glitch (Part 2)
Using live dance and motion capture
In collaboration with Moving Digits : Augmented Dance for Engaged Audience and the MIREVI Lab at Hochschule Düsseldorf
Showing at NRW Tanzhaus / Düsseldorf, Germany
https://sylviarijmer.com/#technology
https://movingdigits.eu/2019/10/workshop3/

photo: Moving Digits


September 19 - 21
Talk on personal research: Negotiating Deliberate Choice-Making: Insights from an interdisciplinary and multimodal encounter during the making of a New Contemporary Dance.
DDCMC 2019 Dance, Data, Cognition and Multimodal Conference
FCSH - Nova University / Lisbon, Portugal
http://ddcmc19.blackbox.fcsh.unl.pt/
http://blackbox.fcsh.unl.pt/sylvia-rijmer.html


August 5-16
A choreographic creation: A Beautiful Glitch
Artistic residency & creation using live dance & motion capture
In collaboration with Moving Digits: Augmented Dance for Engaged Audience
Residency Creation and Showing at Sõltmatu Tantsu Lava/ Tallin, Estonia
https://sylviarijmer.com/#technology
https://movingdigits.eu/2019/08/moving-digits-artistic-residency/

photo: Moving Digits


June 17-20
Artistic research on dance & technology
In collaboration with Moving Digits: Augmented Dance for Engaged Audience
Research at MITI- Madeira Interactive Technologies Institute / Funchal, Portugal
https://movingdigits.eu/2019/06/workshop2/
https://www.m-iti.org/

photo: Moving Digits


February 18-19
Investigative workshop on dance & technology
In collaboration with Moving Digits : Augmented Dance for Engaged Audience
Sõltmatu Tantsu Lava/ Tallin, Estonia
https://movingdigits.eu/2019/02/workshop1/

photo: Moving Digits


Choreography

Glitched

A dance & technology dance piece inspired by the digital Glitch. Motion data captured using Motion Capture, Captury and the XSens Body Suit.
Concept & Choreography: Sylvia Rijmer

Created in technical and artistic collaboration with Moving Digits Collaborative Dance Artists: Teresa Alves da Silva & Maria Pyatkova
Original Music: Miguel Lucas Mendes
Premiere: NRW Tanzhaus, DE (2019)


Pop Up

A gathering of three contemporary dancers and four classical musicians, desiring to choreographically and musically play without the pressure of creating a piece.

Choreography: Sylvia Rijmer
Dancers & Artistic Collaborators: Inês Pedrucco, André Campos & Bruno Alves Musicians: Tera Shimizu (violin), Maria José Laginha (violin), Augusta(viola), Martin Henneken (cello)
Creative Advisor: Paulo Reis
Teaser Film & Editing: Luís Marrafa
Creative Residency: CAL - Centro de Artes de Lisboa, PT (2018)


Anatomization

All visible, bio-mechanical motion begins somewhere within the body. This performance wishes to show the visual dissection of bio-mechanical motion, highlighting the birth of a relatively simple movement - like a bend in the wrist, to a complex execution of a dance phrase - as a choreography.

Choreographic Concept: Sylvia Rijmer
Dancer & collaborator: Marco da Silva Ferreira
Concept & original music: Miguel Lucas Mendes
Light Design: Nuno Salsinha / Tela Negra, Lda
Light Operator: Margarida Moreira
Photography & Morphing Film: Hugo Alves
Production: Tânia Guerreiro / Produções Independentes
Premiere: Centro Cultural de Belém, PT (2012)


Every.Body.Hunts

A dance piece based on hidden inner states of battle.

Concept: Sylvia Rijmer
In collaboration with dancers: Teresa Alves da Silva, André Mesquita, Sylvia Rijmer
Live music & Original Composition: Miguel Lucas Mendes
Light Design: Nuno Salsinha, Tela Negra.
Texts: Ray Bradbury, Sylvia Rijmer
Dramaturgical Support: Paulo Reis
Photography: Guzmán Rosado
Video Editing: Guzmán Rosado
Co-Productiont: Company Olga Roriz, Tok'art, Teatro Extremo, Pro Dança Premiere: Centro Cultural de Cartaxo, PT (2011)


Hunting

Do we create a world in our own image or does the world create and impose and image onto you?
A dance solo highlighting the hardships which undergo an act of change. How does one go about change? What may trigger the need or desire to change? What might be the result of that change? Is it worth to change?

Concept & Interpretation: Sylvia Rijmer
Created under the guidance of Ivo Dimchev & performed at ImpulsTanz, AUT (2010)


Body Memory 2009

A danced piece, based on personal reflections upon the paradoxes of entertainment and performance within an ageing, and per definition, altering body.

Concept/Voice/Performer/Choreographer: Sylvia Rijmer
Live musical performance by composer: Silas Bieri
Text: Adré Lepecki & Sylvia Rijmer
Video Editing: Akira Lucas
Costumes: Maria Ribeiro & Sylvia Rijmer
Photography: Kai Perini
Film: João Salaviza
Co-Production & Premiere: Centro Cultural de Belém, PT (2009)



Research

Negotiation Deliberate Choice-Making within an artistic practice

I am interested in how today’s choreographers and dancers make artistic dance choices.

As a dance maker, I often consider what inherently drives movement.

The beginning, or the point of entry into a “working” Body as a place of experiential work often drives the rest of my practice. Metaphorically speaking, the clearer my authentic “key” to (into) my Body, the more lucid a conversation I can have with it.

I am interested in the dancer as the primary source from which movement is generated and performed, in an inherited Body through which the choreographic ideas are authentically translated, transpired and exposed, and in awakening active internal gazing as a key to artistic choice making. I am interested in the process of dance making, whereby cognitive constraints within a choreographic and movement-research practice, require specific attention-direction to engage the dancer in habitual pattern recognition, and the cultivation of alternative modes within, and beyond it.

I seek to highlight the prominence of dancing Bodies, and their subsequent idiosyncratic Body Logics as a choreographic platform onto which most contemporary works are built and sustained. In doing so, one recognises the imminent importance of the dancer as its fundamental artistic object and subject.

My practice-led research in collaboration with three extraordinary professional contemporary dancers (Teresa Alves da Silva, Allan Falieri and Elson Ferreira) and the generous team of interdisciplinary and multimodal scientists of the BlackBox Arts & Cognition team based at the Nova University in Lisbon, focused on encouraging deliberate choice making in the generation of personalised movements according to each dancers personally acquired and inherited Body Logic. Using an invented Body Logic Method (BLM) as a practical studio methodology to build body typologies, I hoped to engage myself and the dancers as co-creative agents in the making of a dance. Through the BlackBox platform I was able to have technical access to Virtual Reality, Motion Capture (Kinect) and Stereoscopic Imaging for my (and BlackBox’s) research purposes.

Much thanks to the entire team at BlackBox for all of their incredible work in this research!

This collaborative Arts & Science research project took place from 2018 - 2019.

Body Logic Method Movement Generating Tools

The Body Logic Method (BLM) is a methodological framework which consists of the Dodging and Scanning Modes, which are at the basis of BLM.

All copyright works, including but not limited to glossary and definitions, was created by Sylvia Rijmer. Much thanks to cognitive-linguist Vito Evola for his keen observations and academic guidance in the construction and clarification of these concepts.


Body Logic in Virtual Reality / A VR Dance Study

From September to October 2018, the BlackBox team invited choreographer Sylvia Rijmer and three professional dancers to work together in order to "illustrate" concepts and elements of her Body Logic Method, creating a Virtual Reality visualisation of Cornelius Cardew's score "Treatise" (1967) in Unity 3D, by using a Vive headset to enhance the dancers' experience while they were creating compositional material. This documentary accompanies a single day of that creative process.


“I see something and I like it”: the choreographer’s decision

Dance-making is a multi-layered phenomenon that involves the interaction between cultural, social, technological and biological forces. From the perspective of the brain, creating a dance piece is a complex cognitive task: generating new movement units, remembering sequences of movement phrases, or choosing between movement phrases that are to be improved or not. Nevertheless, very few studies have characterized the process of dance-making from this perspective, while most of them have focused solely on the metaphors or aesthetics conveyed. - Text written by neuroscientists Ana Rita Fonseca & Rodrigo Abril de Abreu.


Choice Negotiation in Dance Making / Finding Body Logic through
Transdisciplinary & Multimodal Practices

I hope to bring to light the often hidden process of studio dance making and the idiosyncratic manner in which each (choreographer & dancer) make their choices. This as the frame from which the final performance is built. Being able to experiment within a trans-disciplinary and multi-modal process (cognition, dance & technology) with the BlackBox Team in Lisbon, I could start a practical and theoretical studio conversation which in essence questions habits and personal preference.


Body Logic I - Short Choreographic Excerpts

These movements were generated using the Body Logic Methodology to stimulate cognitive induced choice negotiation within the making of a dance.



Moving Digits

I am a research participant as a choreographer in the Moving Digits: Augmented Dance for Engaged Audience Project which aims to enhance audience understanding and engagement in contemporary dance performances, and to allow to experience dance in an augmented way (even after the performance). The project also aims to empower dancers, choreographers and technicians with further tools for expression, archival and analysis. The project is a partnership between Madeira Interactive Technologies Institute (M-ITI, Portugal – Lead Partner), Hochschule Düsseldorf (HSD, Germany) and Sõltumatu Tantsu Lava (STL, Estonia). Instituto de Telecomunicações (IT, Portugal), Plux (Portugal), Tanzhaus NRW (Germany) and University of Greenwich (UK) are associated partners. The project has a duration of 2 years, starting 1st October 2018.

My personal research in this project:

The Beautiful Glitch

For this particular research project, I have been interested in the digitally filtered image of a human body moving.

Considering Oskar Schlemmer’s conception of the KunstFigur, as an idyllic figure freed from the bondage of biological and biomechanical limitations, in tension with the current discourse of the Post-Dance body, digital technology and dance become relevant explorative platforms with which to re-consider normative expectations. In this work, I seek alternative artistic propositions of the image of the human body, and its kinetic capacity, which can feed and highlight different readings of the human form otherwise unseen or hidden from the conventional eye. Uncovering a selection of alternative performative visualisations of the human body triggered by the accidental digital glitch which was discovered in collaboration with the Moving Digits Team and the dancers, Perhaps we can re-consider the digitally filtered and de-subjectified (or simply altered) Body form, as beautiful glimpses into the less familiar.

By learning how to purposefully “hack” the motion capture system, so as to force the glitch by manipulating the biological input (choreographic movement patterns) and non-biological affectations (lights, clothes, colors) as hacking methods, I encountered (im)possible variations of the possible, enabled through the digital filter. Hence the Digi-logic of the system. Seeing these glitches as a positive and creative input for performance and the generation of alternative movement patterns, I have been able to reconsider the strange, awkward and uncomfortable as something aesthetically enticing, theoretically interesting, and viscerally inviting. These performative experiments, are a Digimorphed hybrid, borne of a biological nature (human dancers), whereby all of the output images are translated, adulterated and glitched through the digital system of motion capture, and some technological effect-filters. I call these performance an experiential demonstration interlinking the bio-logical Body, and its Body-Logic input of the human dancer/persons, into a digital realm. By providing a variation of three perspectives: the Latent Steps video Installation, the interdisciplinary performance demonstration, and a digitally choreographed dance film, I essentially seek to enhance and ultimately celebrate the strange, and biologically impossible Body solutions that the collaborative dialogue between technology and human intervention has proposed. The Glitch is beautiful. Concept and choreography: Sylvia Rijmer.

Visuals, sound and interaction by, respectively: Stephan Jürgens, Raul Masu and Jochen Feitsch, with additional interaction by William Primett


Glitched

A dance & technology dance piece inspired by the digital Glitch.
Motion data captured using Motion Capture, Captury and the XSens Body Suit.

Concept & Choreography: Sylvia Rijmer
Collaborative Dance Artists: Teresa Alves da Silva & Maria Pyatkova Original Music: Miguel Lucas Mendes
Performed at: NRW Tanzhaus 2019
Created in technical and artistic collaboration with Moving Digits


A Beautiful Glitch (Excerpt): a choreographic film study II


Skeletal Glitch (Excerpt) : a choreographic film study I


A Beautiful Glitch


Technology
& Dance Visualisation

Dance in Virtual Reality / deconstructing choreographic objects
through different mediums

“Dance in Virtual Reality - deconstructs choreographic objects in different media”. A Virtual Reality installation that resulted from the convergence between the choreographer Sylvia Rijmer’s impulse to formalise her compositional and choreographic methodologies, and BlackBox Project scientific drive to frame, analyse and make an artistic process more tangible. This installation allows visitors to experience in an immersive way alternative perspectives on a dance creation process using new media: 3D point clouds, stereoscopic and high–speed photography, and animated inforgraphics.

Creation and Development

This work is a result from the collaboration between several researchers of the BlackBox Arts & Cognition project. Cláudia Ribeiro, one of the researchers, conducts on–site demonstrations that allow the audience immersive visualizations on dance creation processes. She holds a PhD in Computer Engineering from Instituto Superior Técnico and works on the frontier between Art & Science, focusing on the intersections between generative art, virtual reality, interaction and video mapping.

Creation and Development: Rafael Kuffner, Cláudia Ribeiro, Sylvia Rijmer, Stephan Jürgens, Francisco Henriques
Technical Assistence: Sara Ribeiro / Artistic Production and Consulting: Carla Fernandes

Dance in Virtual Reality / deconstructing choreographic objects through different mediums


Exploring the Digital Glitch

A Beautiful Glitch (Excerpt): a choreographic film study II


Skeletal Glitch (Excerpt) : a choreographic film study I


A Beautiful Glitch

In these short sketches, I re-consider the digitally filtered, and de-subjectified (or simply altered) Body form, as beautiful glimpses into the less familiar.
Seeing these glitches as a positive and creative data for performance and the generation of alternative movement patterns, I have been able to reconsider
the strange, awkward and uncomfortable as something aesthetically enticing, theoretically interesting, and viscerally inviting.

Movement Data captured using Motion Capture (Captury) & three contemporary dancers
Artistic and technical collaboration with the Moving Digits Team

Film data edited and re-choreographerd by Sylvia Rijmer
Dancers: Liis Vares, Hanna Junti, Sylvia Rijmer
Original Soundscape by Miguel Lucas Mendes
Tallin, 2019 Artistic and technical collaboration with the Moving Digits Team




Morphing - A Video Installation

A filmed demonstration of human ways of walking - our most functional, stylistic and idiosyncratic dance.

For this film, the walkers were asked to walk on a treadmill. Each person adapted relatively easily to the task, and were able to reconstruct a “natural” flow to their walk, whilst being observed/filmed. Reminiscent of the critical observations of the Judson Church dance movement of the 1960s, with special mention to the teachings of Steve Paxton, indeed what becomes beautiful to note are the incredibly unique ways in which each person dances their way through life.- Sylvia Rijmer (Choreographer)

This piece has the aims to depict and compare different walking patterns between humans. I wanted to place the walkers inside a void or a container-like atmosphere, as if their lives where being held in suspense in an old natural history museum. It establishes a dialogue with the show itself which is also about the human body. In the original installation the image was split into three different screens, one for each side of the body. - Hugo Alves (Video Art)

The challenge of building the soundscape for Morphing was to transform the intrinsic characteristics of a person walking, and to join it with a computational and electronic mood. The presence of machines is more and more a constant in our everyday lives. The robotic and monotonous voiceover in Morphing simulates a human voice, as if the machines are the ones who now tell us who and how we are. - Miguel Lucas Mendes (Musical Composer)

Creative research | Concept: Sylvia Rijmer
Video Art | Video concept: Hugo Alves Music
Concept & Musical Composition : Miguel Lucas Mendes



Teaching

Dancers' movements are based on choices and learned habits - in the form of poses, forms, patterns -, which have been accumulated along each unique dance journey. From pre-professional dance training, to professional dancing, each unique dancer/person has had to build a performative body and identity reflective of their learning contexts and personal preference. Sustaining these personalised movement choices and habits have become challenging, especially within a constantly evolving art-form with growing demands, we know today as contemporary dance.

Within this dynamic contemporary dance landscape, these choices and habits can inhibit alternative movement potentials highly necessary within an environment which demands of its dancers to be dynamic co-creative participants.

As a dance teacher, Sylvia currently highlights contemporary dance concepts as practical tools to re-think learned movement habits and patterns. The aim is for the dance student to become aware of alternative movement possibilities using organised dance sequences as practical structures for personal movement research.

As a method towards active deliberation within one’s dancing, her SCANNING Method directs the cognitive attention inward (inward towards the self) by inducing the bio-mechanicity (function) of the body to generate movement which is both efficient and choreographically stylistic (form). The redirection of the attention through (cognitive-physical) reorientation allows new movements (gestures, forms, patterns) to emerge for self-awareness and compositional purposes.

Sylvia's dance classes promote self-awareness strategies within a shared and collaborative learning environment, encouraging each dancer to creatively rediscover and re-engage in unique body-solutions which are organically organised and ultimately, pleasurable to dance.



Feedback Kolectiv


The Feedback project was born to fill a cultural gap which lay below the hierarchically dominant theatres/galleries and stages, by providing a performative platform, whereby any person/artist with or without much performance experience could exhibit their works in progress and process. Our artistic and political aim was to remove elitist cultural stigma from an ever demanding audience, and bring back to life those who are creating without the political pressures for survival within the closely guarded theatre and production circles. Our aim was to bring back to life raw and crude ideas, coming from a persons creative heart, and uncensored by socio-cultural sales. Our only dogma was to ensure that the person lived a creative passion which they wanted and needed to share.
Both Feedback Projects consisted of Lisbon based artists from varying media: live musical performance/photography/poetry readings/dance/theatre/sound & video installations/dance & theatre on film and the visual arts.


Thank you to the artists who participated and generously shared their works in both Feedback’s!
Ismael Roots and Natty Fred | Dub Poets, André Louro and Eduardo Jordão| Louro& Lima, Carlos Mendes, Sofia Pimentão, Maria Ribeiro, Olga Roriz, Ana Borralho & João Galante, Blasted Mechanism/Valdjiu, Paulina Santos, Ricardo Ferreira and Ana Filipa Fernandes | Comichão Filmes, Rafaela Salvador, João Raposo, Laura Moura, Miguel Mendes, Fernando Fádigas, João Mendes, Marco Ferreira, Chanelle Moore, Sandra Ferreira, Catarina Sequeira,Tiago Jonatás| Surya Duo -featuring Nuno Mar, Sofia Pimentão, Maria Ribeiro,Nuno Viana, ILLEGALCREATIONS2, André Santos and Marco Leao, João Salaviza, Hugo Alves and Joana Villaverde.

Artistic Directors: Sylvia Rijmer / Miguel Lucas Mendes / Paulo Reis
Feedback Film & Editing: Guzmán Rosado
Performance Space kindly granted by Olga Roriz, in her ex-dance studios in Rua da Prata, Lisbon, Portugal

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