Design And Performance Lab




"for the time being [Victory over the Sun]"

a choreosonic performance
world premiere: Lilian Baylis Studio-Sadler’s Wells April 3-4, 2014
Stage Director Johannes Birringer
Design Director Michèle Danjoux
Yiorgos Bakalos, Rosella Galindo, Manaskarn Insang, Yoko Ishiguro, Ross Jennings, Aggeliki Margeti, Vanessa Michielon, Helenna Ren, Caroline Wilkins
Music and Live Sound Processing Oliver Doyle
Additional Music Caroline Wilkins
Fashion and Audiophonics Design Michèle Danjoux
Audio Electronics/Wearable Circuitry John Richards
Graphic Interface Programming Cameron McKirdy
Video and Visual Programming Johannes Birringer
Lighting Design & Technical Direction Elliott O’Brart
Sound processing assistant Cameron Graham
Light effects (PhilharmonicLights™) Aleksander Tomic
Theremuino design by Michael Blow
Technical Manager (Lilian Baylis) Roman Bezdyk
Scenography Johannes Birrringer
Libretto inspired by "Victory over the Sun" (Alexei Kruchenykh, Victor Khlebnikov, trans. Ewa Bartos Victoria Nes Kirby © 1913/1971)


// This dance opera, featuring DAP-Lab's specially built audiophonic wearables, premiered in 2014: excerpts can be seen of Part 1 and Part 2 //


Go here for research production phase begun in 2013

First public performance of prototype scenes in 2012 - go here for visuals :: and here for sonmotion details



"for the time being" explores the sound of movement in a 30-minute premiere of a new stage work inspired by the Russian Futurist opera Victory over the Sun (1913) and its fantastical visual designs. Nearly a hundred years ago, the Futurists collaborated on an eccentric vision of a society to come, based on revolutionary fervor of the time. The DAP-Lab's choreosonic performance, both comic and unsettling in places, is an intimate piece that looks at our current precarious existence in a world full of outworn cliches of revolutions. Featuring dancers and musicians, the work incorporates body-worn-technologies where the structure of the wearable has been developed alongside its interactive and sound generating potential for gestural performance. The artistic premise of the design is to make the activation and presence of sound very visual and sensual to both the performer and the viewer.


a choreosonic performance
by DAP-Lab
directed by Johannes Birringer & Michèle Danjoux
May 26, 2012 7:30 pm
40 High Street, Brentford, London, TW8 0DS
tel.: 020 8232 1010
Free admission on opening night of International Festival of Digital Art
Helenna Ren, Yoko Ishiguro, Aggeliki Margeti, and Ross Jennings (performers, co-choreographers)
Sandy Finlayson (sound synthesis & live music direction),
Cameron McKirdy (graphic interface, sound interface design),
John Richards (electronics),
Michèle Danjoux (art direction / audiophonic design),

Johannes Birringer (production coordination, video and scenography)

All performance materials were composed collaboratively by the lab ensemble. Additional contributions: Aleksander Tomic (special lighting/sound effects/PhilharmonicLights), Graeme Shaw (Technical Coordination), Elliott O'Brart (technical assistance, lighting operation), Michael Blow (Theremuino design collaborator), Panos Papafragkos, Carlo Ghidini, Alexandros Papathanasiou(film documentation).


The ensemble:


The DAP-Lab's cross-media work highlights convergences between physical movement choreography, visual expression in dance/film/fashion and wearable design, and real-time interactive data flow environments. Since founding DAP-Lab in 2004, Johannes Birringer and Michele Danjoux have brought together artists and researchers from the UK, Japan, Brasil, U.S.A., and Europe, and developed prototypes of wearable garments which respond in distinct ways to body movement, camera capture, and sensory processing. The ensemble has created online performances, video exhibitions, the digital dance-work Suna no Onna (premiered at London's Laban Centre in December 2007, recreated at Watermans in 2008). Its choreographic installation, UKIYO (Moveable Worlds), produced in collaboration with artists from Japan, premiered at Sadler's Wells, London after touring Eastern Europe (2010). "for the time being" is shown for the first time as a test performance in 2012. DAP-Lab will begin a new research cycle in 2013 and develop a new version of the opera within the METABODY framewwork, to test more operational possibilities of choreosonics and sounding wearable. The project is also supported by the Centre for Contemporary and Digital Performance at Brunel University, London.

The DAP-lab's current research program is supported by the EU Culture Programme as part of the collaborative METABODY grant project. DAP-Lab is one of the co-organizers of the Metabody Project.



Johannes Birringer & Michèle Danjoux


(c) 2014