Design And Performance Lab




ChoreoDesign Project Suna No Onna


March 2007....... May 2007 .......June 2007

Preview of London Premiere of Suna no Onna, Laban Centre London

spring 2008

Suna no Onna, new version at Watermans Art Center

Gallery of Photographs from Suna no Onna


Software development for sensor design interface with SensorDress

Test rehearsals with Helenna Ren, interfacing with camera interface with recorded movement sequences (Katsura Isobe)



Interlaced sessions at the BITlab, our temporary new home in Science and Engineering. On Wednesday, March 28, we progressed with the software design for the new sensor, and Paul Verity Smith worked with David Plans on the PD patch for the wireless interface transmission. New principles of "video editing control in real time" were delineated by Paul.

On Thursday, March 29, Fred Weimer gathered our motion-capture research unit, and a firm time plan was set for the Capture project in April-May. Maria Wiener will be heading our animation development team, and we will recruit further volunteers. We also shall cast a male dancer/performer. Fred showed us a 3D animation he had created based on Katsura-capture data from December. We watched it on the new 3D Film Screen.


In the evening, we rehearsed the "spirit" & bird catcher sections from Suna no Onna with Helenna Ren, trying on the new sensors (taped to skin-body).

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On Friday, March 30, we were in the Bitlab all day from 11 am to 21:oo pm. At 13:oo we had a first successful telematic performance between Helenna and Rumiko in Tokyo (our ADaPT partners), a 20 minute performance in which our Japanese partners enacted an insect-like hand motion in sand while Ling performed daily activities and bird catching.


Friday evening Sonia Wang joined us and brought many of her design/scenography ideas and proposals for textures, and also materials for screens and enviroments, and interactive plans for the use of transformational design. Her ideas were very inspiring. Following this, Helnna performed the first very successful direct interaction with a film that we created of the previous night (bird catching scene, in the sand). Helenna also contributed desert images, and Paul's hard work, with David, on the sensor software finally showed excellent results. Paul addressed the options we now have, incorporating the sensors into Michèle's garments. The SensorDress will be built in April-May in 4 variations (for two dancers), and a male dress will also be created. For images go to next page.







ChoreoDesign Project Suna No Onna

Our next lab sessions:
BIT lab, Science and Enginering. 18:oo - 22:30

Friday May 11, 18:oo - 22:30 BitLab Brunel

Wednesday May 16, Nottingham Trent University

Wednesday May 23, Nottingham Trent University

Friday May 25, 18:oo - 22:30 Bitlab Brunel

Friday, June 8, Bitlab, Brunel

Friday June 15, Bitlab Brunel


The DAP-Lab's motion capture unit meets on the following days to continue experimentation with Fred Weimer:

Friday May 4, 10:30 - 16:30 Lab

Thursday May 10, 12:oo - 15:30 Lab

Friday, May 11, 12:30 - 16:oo workshop

Thursday May 17, 12:oo - 15:30 Lab

Friday, May 18, 12:30 - 16:oo workshop

Thursday May 24, 12:oo - 15:30 Lab

Friday, May 25, 12:30 - 16:oo workshop

Thursday May 31, 12:oo - 15:30 Lab

Friday, June 1, 12:30 - 16:oo workshop

Thursday June 14, 12:oo - 15:30 Lab

Friday, June 15, 12:30 - 16:oo workshop


In the April sesson,a ll concrete planning decisions about each individual contribution and design/performance process for Suna no Onna will be made.. We beging pre-production in early May, and main production is in July in Interaktionslabor (16-30 July).




all images from the March rehearsal and software design devopment at DAP Lab Studio and Bitlab (c) 2007 DAP lab







Further notes on design and performance concepts are published on this site.

click here

(c) dap 2007


Project directors: Johannes Birringer & Michèle Danjoux

Brunel University, West London