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TEDxUIUC - John Toenjes & David Marchant - Merging Dance and Music through Technology

John and David, along with their collaborator Ben Smith, have been creating interactive dance theater works since 2005, when they premiered Leonardo's Chimes at Washington University in St. Louis. It has since been performed at the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts in 2006 and at the 2008 SPARK Festival of Electronic Music and Arts in Minneapolis, and as part of the Inventions Suite, an evening-length interactive dance suite premiered at the 2008 Ingenuity Festival in Cleveland, OH. The broader focus of their development is computer dance/music systems to make art, games, and educational/ therapeutic tools that develop kinesthetic awareness through audio feedback. John is Associate Professor and Music Director of the UIUC Department of Dance and David is a Senior Lecturer at Washington University. A composer and violinist, Ben is pursuing a doctorate in music at UIUC. This talk was recorded at TEDxUIUC 2010 (4/10/10), which was organized at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign by a group of students led by Cristian Mitreanu. About TEDx, x = independently organized event In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.* (*Subject to certain rules and regulations)
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