A unique fusion of physical and digital reality in dance
From May 15th to June 3rd, 2023, the Belgrade Dance Institute will host choreographer Harriet Macauley from Spain as part of the residency program, leading workshops, classes, and creative processes that create a unique combination of physical and digital reality in dance.
Quantum Residency is a new project of contemporary dance using collaborative multimedia, which is being produced in co-production with the Belgrade Dance Institute and InDance International. Quantum is supported by the Culture Moves Mobility Fund of the European Union, the Goethe Institute, and the Belgrade Dance Institute in Belgrade.
Undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral students, as well as alumni of the Institute, will have an intensive period of exploration and creation for a Live/Interactive Video AR/VR multimedia environment in dance in order to create materials and connect with the dance community.
All activities within the project are designed for networking, exchange, development, and distribution of collaborative performances and co-creation with the audience; round tables/discussions; premieres on Youtube/Vimeo/2D films and documentaries; master classes on digital VR/AR practice; Isadora interactivity and Motion Capture technologies.
The project is led by choreographer Harriet Macauley, Prof. Aleksandar Ilić, Prof. dr Snežana Arnautović Stjepanović, the Vice-Dean of the Institute, and Prof. dr Vladimir Tomasevic, the Dean of the Belgrade Dance Institute.
Harriet Macauley works as a professional choreographer and dancer in Spain, Turkey, Denmark, Austria, Italy, Germany, Scotland, the United States, Ireland, Canada, the UK, Portugal, and numerous other international cities.
Harriet Macauley is the director of InDance International, a progressive organization for dance performances and multimedia.
Her artistic exploration is grounded in rediscovering the aesthetic intention through which the dancer becomes more than the expression of form or shape. Harriet’s choreographic works represent an explosion of cultural identity, combined with ethnic affiliation, and her creative exploration process seeks to find truth and value using movement styles and cultural forms that stem from identity. Moreover, Harriet’s creative process goes beyond the recreation of movement or form; instead, her movement is explored through the development of fertile forms channeled through contrasting movement styles that prevail in popular, cultural, and commercial dance today. Engaging in specific dramaturgical investigation, her interpretations are fluid, charismatic, and convincing, fueled by the use of electronic, commercial, and contemporary sound recordings. The hallmark of her choreographic style is the exploration of the essence of the dancer, their personality, appearance, and origin, which are energetically shaken by the use of technology.
Her professional experience includes contemporary dance, jazz, and neoclassical ballet techniques that she acquired at the London Contemporary Dance School, SUNY Purchase Conservatory of Dance in New York, Richard Alston Dance Company, and with Sharon Ray in the Royal Opera House in London.
She founded Harriet Macauley & Company in 2020 to support professional dancers in developing dance on screen as a result of COVID-19 restrictions.
Since 2016, she has been a lecturer in dance studies at the Institute of the Arts in Barcelona.