Strings: A Colby Liberal Arts Incubator Project

An orginal, interdisciplinary student-driven performance work exploring human-technology interaction and societal structure using interactive computation and motion capture.

Student Research Leadership Team:
Jerry Diaz '19
Jay Huskins '19
J.P. Perales '21
Colleen Wright '19

Faculty Mentors:
Jon Hallstrom: Department of Music
Bruce Maxwell: Department of Computer Science
Jim Thurston: Department of Theater and Dance

Production Staff:
Production Management: Marjorie Gallant
Stage Management: TBD
Design Direction: Jim Thurston
Technical Direction: John D. Ervin
Graphic Design: Marjorie Gallant
Costume Design: Christine Nilles
Scenic Design: Jim Thurston
Light Design: TBD

March 7-9, 2019 at Strider Theater, Colby College, Waterville, Maine.

Produced by Colby College Department of Theater and Dance.


AR/TD268: Design Thinking Studio-Performative Sculpture

Collaboration between Bradley Borthwick (Department of Art) and Jim Thurston (Department of Theater and Dance).

This hybrid studio introduces students to design process and material fabrication where sculpture studio practice interweaves with design for the stage. Informed by 20th- and 21st-century artistic practice, students design and build extensions of their own body, reshaping possibilities for expression in time and space as performance. Taught by two arts professors who understand the value of partnerships between scenography and sculpture, and the pivotal importance of interdisciplinary collaboration to effective problem solving, empathy, and innovation. Culminates with a public presentation of students' performance-based work.

May 3-4, 2019 at Strider Theater, Colby College, Waterville, Maine.

Produced by Colby College Department of Theater and Dance.


Current Research: "Innovation and Aesthetic Change in Scenography for
Contemporary Dance"

The digital age continues to revolutionize technology used in rendering more abstract scenographic visions. This intense technological change in turn radically reshapes choreographic possibility and, ultimately, the aesthetic used in creating dance. This aesthetic change is at the core of my research. How is the collaborative relationship changing between designers, choreographers, and performers? How is process, including scenographic process, altering the way these artists conceive of new work? What scenographic potential is now in the hands of the performer?



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