Leaves of Grass

Dance performance about survival through the ecology of love, the power of movement, plants and technology.

Project visual Leaves of Grass
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Edition 2015

Europe Refresh
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Leaves of Grass

<p> Support the project and maybe you'll win an exclusive signed print of a work of <em>LUCAS RACASSE</em> ou <em>VINCENT PAESMANS</em> or an original piece of art of <em>BOB VERSCHUEREN</em>. The prize will be awarded to one of the contributors by drawing lots.</p> <p>  </p> <p>  </p> <p> <img alt="Le_bain_b_nit-lucas_racasse-1448445774" src="https://d3v4jsc54141g1.cloudfront.net/uploads/project_image/image/254747/Le_bain_b_nit-Lucas_Racasse-1448445774.jpg"></p> <p> LUCAS RACASSE</p> <p>  </p> <p> <img alt="Dsc_3304.cor-1448446080" src="https://d3v4jsc54141g1.cloudfront.net/uploads/project_image/image/254750/DSC_3304.cor-1448446080.jpg"></p> <p> VINCENT PAESMANS</p> <p>  </p> <p> <img alt="Bambou-1448445821" src="https://d3v4jsc54141g1.cloudfront.net/uploads/project_image/image/254748/Bambou-1448445821.jpeg"></p> <p> BOB VERSCHUEREN</p> <p>  </p> <p> <strong><u>THE PROJECT</u></strong></p> <p>  </p> <p> With his new group piece, the choreographer <strong>Bud Blumenthal</strong> takes on a theme of pressing concern that has been but touched upon in spite of his long time interest in the subject : Ecology.</p> <p>  </p> <p> His idea is to bring the spectator to understand, without guilt and through dance, the direct relationship that humanity has with the environment.   With digital interactive techniques that amplify and sense movement of live plants on stage, the impact of the vegetal realm becomes visible.   </p> <p>  </p> <p>  </p> <p> <img alt="Log_xs___racasse-studio-1443450741" src="https://d3v4jsc54141g1.cloudfront.net/uploads/project_image/image/236171/LOG_xs___Racasse-studio-1443450741.jpg"></p> <p> © Lucas Racasse</p> <p>  </p> <p> <strong>DANCE</strong></p> <p>  </p> <p> This dance and new technology production deals with ecology as a theme for love, struggle and survival.</p> <p> All interpersonal, political, ethical and even moral questions, are subservient to the ecological question.</p> <p> <em>How to care for vegetal life as much as we care for our beloved? </em></p> <p> <em>How to survive… ourselves?</em></p> <p>  </p> <p> The central challenge in the choreography of <strong>Leaves of Grass</strong> is to reveal in space and between bodies the incessant dance of complexity inside human relations. Relations that form and transform our lives and in turn model our planet    </p> <p>  </p> <p> <img alt="_dsc0418-1441805781" src="https://d3v4jsc54141g1.cloudfront.net/uploads/project_image/image/230050/_DSC0418-1441805781.jpg"></p> <p> @ Chris Harrison-Kerr</p> <p>  </p> <p> <strong>DIGITAL TECHNOLOGY</strong></p> <p>  </p> <p> In order to give plants a veritable role to play in the performance, meaning not as elements of decoration or ornament but as living beings, we must capture and amplify their internal changes and the outer movements calling upon high levels of technological development.</p> <p>  </p> <p>  </p> <p> Several technical challenges for this creation :</p> <p>  </p> <p> 1. Interaction with plants and flowers : objective of detecting with optics and sensors the movements in the reactions of plants to light, heat and humidity. The mimosa pudica, desmodium gryrans, venus fly trap, morning glory or desert rose for example, all act on different time scales from instantly, five seconds, one minute or a half hour and govern the cadence of the show.</p> <p>  </p> <p> 2. The interactive sound : the choreographer/botanist is also the DJ. Wireless sensors on his body allow his gestures to start, stop and modify in real-time the audio files and generative algorithms of the sound score.</p> <p>  </p> <p> 3. Projection Sphere : through an ingenious optical system, live close-up images of the plant installation on stage are projected from within onto the curved surface of the sphere floating over the stage.</p> <p>  </p> <p>  </p> <p> <img alt="Hd_cam_for_optical_motion_capture_of_plant-1441639055" src="https://d3v4jsc54141g1.cloudfront.net/uploads/project_image/image/229299/hd_cam_for_optical_motion_capture_of_plant-1441639055.jpeg"></p> <p>  </p> <p> <em>OPTICAL MOVEMENT DETECTION</em></p> <p>  </p> <p> <img alt="Img_3809-1441639094" src="https://d3v4jsc54141g1.cloudfront.net/uploads/project_image/image/229300/IMG_3809-1441639094.JPG"></p> <p>  </p> <p> <em>DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION</em></p> <p>  </p> <p> <img alt="Sphere_log-1441812486" src="https://d3v4jsc54141g1.cloudfront.net/uploads/project_image/image/230157/sphere_LOG-1441812486.jpg"></p> <p>  </p> <p> <em>SKETCH FOR SPHERE MOVEMENT</em></p> <p>  </p> <p>  </p> <p> <strong>PRODUCTION CALENDAR</strong></p> <p>  </p> <p> FEBRUARY 2015 Digital and botanic research in Studio Hybrid (Brussels) MAY 2015 Audition for 6 dancers in Studio Hybrid AUGUST 2015 First choreographic residence in the Centre Culturel La Marlagne (Wepion) OCTOBER/NOVEMBER 2015 Choreography, music and vegetal composition. DECEMBER 2015 - JANUARY 2016 Company residency in Centre Culturel La Marlagne for finishing choreography and technical integration. JANUARY 2016 Presentation of first stage of Leaves of Grass : choreography, music, plants, lights in the Centre Culturel La Marlangne. APRIL 2016 Residency for finalisation of digital integration : interactivity of plant and body to sound, video cameras and spherical projection. AUTUMN 2016 Final residency and premier of Leaves of Grass</p> <p>  </p> <p>  </p> <p> Discover the complete presentation file <a href="http://fr.calameo.com/read/00422383196b29266e60f?authid=NMpRny7vGg17" target="_blank">here</a></p>

Allocation of funds

<p> https://vimeo.com/141880247<iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="304" src="//cdn.embedly.com/widgets/media.html?src=https%3A%2F%2Fplayer.vimeo.com%2Fvideo%2F141880247&amp;wmode=opaque&amp;url=https%3A%2F%2Fvimeo.com%2F141880247&amp;image=http%3A%2F%2Fi.vimeocdn.com%2Fvideo%2F539011841_1280.jpg&amp;key=ff2702755d9749cda571c6d6c2f3eb46&amp;type=text%2Fhtml&amp;schema=vimeo" width="540"></iframe></p> <p> Video made by IHECS students for the partnership IHECS/ Europe Refresh.</p> <p>  </p> <p>  </p> <p>  </p> <p> Dear Readers,</p> <p>  </p> <p> We are calling upon you to help us insure that the innovative dance-vegetation-technology performance <strong>Leaves of Grass </strong>can really happen.</p> <p> It is essential for us to remunerate correctly each participant of this creative adventure that is so close to our heart.</p> <p>  </p> <p> The money that is donated through this group effort will allow us to finance some of the following :  </p> <p>  </p> <p> - The salaries of the six dancers during part of the creation period (4000€)</p> <p> - The musical composition (2000€) </p> <p> - The development of the system for the interaction between the plants and the performers (2000€)</p> <p>  </p> <p> An enormous Thank You in advance for your participation in this beautiful adventure!</p> <p>  </p> <p>  </p> <p>  </p> <p> 8000€ will be a great first step for this project but this amount is only part of the creation's budgetary needs.</p> <p> If the crowdfunding goes beyond this amount the bonus will allow us to deepen our digital interaction and projection research, create the costumes and hire an artistic assistant. </p> <p>  </p> <p> !!! The website sometimes has problems with Belgian credit cards, if you are kind enough to participate, it would be better to make the transaction with Bancontact or PayPal. Thanks!</p> <p>  </p> <p> <img alt="Maquette_log_cr_dit_robin_yerl_s-1441640020" src="https://d3v4jsc54141g1.cloudfront.net/uploads/project_image/image/229306/maquette_LOG_cr_dit_Robin_Yerl_s-1441640020.jpg"></p> <p>  </p> <p>  </p> <p> <strong><u>ARTISTIC AND TECHNICAL CREW</u></strong></p> <p>  </p> <p>  </p> <p> Choreographer</p> <p> <em>BUD BLUMENTHAL</em></p> <p>  </p> <p> <img alt="Danseurs_marlagne-1441815318" src="https://d3v4jsc54141g1.cloudfront.net/uploads/project_image/image/230202/danseurs_marlagne-1441815318.jpg"></p> <p>  </p> <p> Dancers</p> <p> <em>ANNE-CÉCILE CHANE-TUNE</em></p> <p> <em>ZOI EFSTATHIOU</em></p> <p> <em>RIINA HUHTANEN</em></p> <p> <em>CHRIS HARRISON-KERR</em></p> <p> <em>ALEXANDRE BACHELARD</em></p> <p> <em>MATEVZ DOBAJ</em></p> <p> <em>&amp; BUD BLUMENTHAL</em></p> <p>  </p> <p> <img alt="Geeks-1441806849" src="https://d3v4jsc54141g1.cloudfront.net/uploads/project_image/image/230069/geeks-1441806849.jpg"></p> <p>  </p> <p> Scenography</p> <p> <em>PETER MASCHKE</em></p> <p>  </p> <p> Interactive sound system, special sound effects and composition</p> <p> <em>FRED-B</em></p> <p>  </p> <p> Interactive lighting design &amp; stage manager</p> <p> <em>FRÉDÉRIC NICAISE</em></p> <p>  </p> <p> Interactive systems development and live visual effects</p> <p> <em>VINCENT PAESMANS </em></p> <p>  </p> <p> Visual conception, illustration, film &amp; animation</p> <p> <em>LUCAS RACASSE </em></p> <p>  </p> <p> 3d, visual effects &amp; animation</p> <p> <em>ROBIN YERLÈS</em></p> <p>  </p> <p> Poetic and vegetal participation</p> <p> <em>BOB VERSCHUEREN</em></p> <p>  </p> <p> Costumes</p> <p> <em>HEIDI ERHARDT</em></p> <p>  </p> <p> Project manager for the company</p> <p> <em>SOPHIE SOURDIAUCOURT</em></p> <p>  </p> <p> Administration</p> <p> <em>MARTHA BEULLENS</em></p> <p>  </p> <p>  </p> <p> A production of <strong>Company Bud Blumenthal/Hybrid</strong></p> <p>  </p> <p> co-producers:</p> <p> <em>CENTRE CULTUREL DE LA MARLAGNE</em></p> <p> <em>BOTANIC GARDEN MEISE</em></p> <p>  </p> <p>  </p> <p> <img alt="Fresh-green-grass-plant-macro-photography--1441812634" src="https://d3v4jsc54141g1.cloudfront.net/uploads/project_image/image/230160/Fresh-Green-Grass-Plant-Macro-Photography--1441812634.jpg"></p> <p>  </p> <p>  </p> <p> <em><strong>"Resist much</strong></em></p> <p> <em><strong>Obey little"</strong></em></p> <p> <em>Walt Whitman</em></p> <p>  </p> <p>  </p> <p> <img alt="Budclaramanif-1441639829" src="https://d3v4jsc54141g1.cloudfront.net/uploads/project_image/image/229304/budclaramanif-1441639829.jpg"></p> <p> Bud Blumenthal</p> <p> photo @ Alexander Garrido</p> <p>  </p> <p>  </p> <p> The Company is subsidized by le Ministère de la Communauté Française Wallonie-Bruxelles de Belgique.</p> <p>  </p> <p>  </p>



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a personalised email expression our eternal gratitude


a personalised email expression our eternal gratitude + the post card of Leaves of Grass + your name on our website + the Hlog card! The Hlog is a personalized card that offers you a unique 9€ rate for all performances in the Halles de Schaerbeek in 2015-2016.


  • 4 contributions
the previous rewards + seeds to plant and encourage biodiversity + one professional level morning class in Studio Hybrid


  • 6 contributions
the previous rewards + 1 invitation for the first stage Presentation of Leaves of Grass in January 2016


  • 1 contribution
the previous rewards +1 entry for a performance (date of choice) of Leaves of Grass beginning from Autumn 2016 onward + an official poster of the show signed by the team + 2 tickets for the Botanical Garden of Meise


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the previous rewards + 1 additional ticket for a performance (date of choice) of Leaves of Grass beginning from Autumn 2016 onward.


  • 1 contribution
the previous rewards + 1 additional ticket for a performance (date of choice) of Leaves of Grass beginning from Autumn 2016 onward + a meeting with the artistic team after the show.


the previous rewards + the opportunity to watch a work period during the creation of Leaves of Grass and share a drink and meet the dancers and technical crew while in residency + 2 invitations for the first stage Presentation of Leaves of Grass in January 2016 + 1 “sensitive" plant


  • 1 contribution
the previous rewards + 4 additional invitations for the first stage Presentation in January 2016 + a 2 hour class with Bud Blumenthal adapted specifically to your needs.


  • 4 contributions
the previous rewards + 2 additional tickets for a performance (date of choice) + 2 supplementary tickets for the Botanical Garden of Meise + 2 supplementary places for a 2 hour class with Bud Blumenthal adapted to your and the guests' needs + a private lunch with the choreographer + your name and status as coproducer of Leaves of Grass on all communication media printed and electronic.


    the previous rewards + An exclusive signed print of a work by one of the associate artists of Leaves of Grass will be given to you personally during a VIP cocktail. 3 artists making a piece : - Bob Verschueren - Lucas Racasse - Vincent Paesmans

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