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Created with Jérôme Delapierre and Navid Navab
Yong is taking a journey into the unknown.
– Toronto Star
It is spell-binding, disturbing, fascinating, provocative, and profound theatre.
– Lighting and Sound America Magazine
This solo work from the groundbreaking Zata Omm imagines a human trajectory where the boundary between flesh and technology becomes indistinct. What will our bodies mean and look like with the advancement of the technological age? As both question and answer, Steer reveals visionary worlds through movement, sound and a fusion of biology and technology.
Gathering sensory data from the dancer – using real-time motion capture, an infrared camera and accelerometer motion sensors – the technology interprets the dancer’s movements and produces interactive effects instantaneously. In this stunning work, choreographer William Yong continues to explore the intersection of the human and the digital and continues to pursue his company’s objective – to create multidisciplinary contemporary dance works through the integration of technology and other art forms. First produced with Harbourfront Centre in 2016, after the world premiere of Zata Omm’s 2015’s Dora Award–nominated vox:lumen, Steer reveals how imagination is just another name for the blurry line between question and answer.
Zata Omm is a contemporary dance company based in Toronto, Canada. Artistic director William Yong has made the award-winning organization a site for research focusing on the integration of dance, technology and broader culture. William Yong has created more than 69 dance and theatre works worldwide which have been presented by major presenters or in renowned festivals.
Choreographer and Performer
William Yong received his Master’s Degree with distinction at the London Contemporary Dance School in U.K. He performed with LCDS-4D and was sent alone for placement to study with Netherlands Dance Theatre 1 in the last year of his MA study. Past companies he worked for include: Wayne McGregor’s Random Dance and Matthew Bourne’s Adventures In Motion Pictures in the U.K.; Toronto Dance Theatre, CORPUS, Peggy Baker Dance Projects, Lina Cruz/Fila 13 in Canada and many others. William was awarded as the winner of 2013’s “I love dance/J’aime la danse” Award for Innovation presented by Canadian Dance Assembly.
Interaction and Visual Designer
A visual artist and interaction designer working in Montreal, Jérôme studied Computation Arts and Interaction design at Concordia University as well as Contemporary Arts and new media at IMUS University in France. Currently, he is the artistic director of Anartistic, and freelance visual designer and researcher at Topological Media Lab and Alkemie Atelier. Jérôme’s work encompasses: visual design, responsive video, interactive installations, performances and scenography.
Interaction and Sound Designer
Navid Navab is a multi-award winning media alchemist, composer, audiovisual sculptor and multidisciplinary artist. His work investigates the transmutation of matter and the enrichment of its inherent performative qualities. Navid currently co-directs the Topological Media Lab, where he investigates the enactment of dynamic performative ecologies that allow for poetic and virtuosic improvisation with computationally enriched materials and environments.
Toronto-based ZataOmm experiments with the dancing body and the screen suggest profound intersections with the art and design movement sometimes also known as STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and math). William Yong’s recent models of collaboration between dance-making and technology challenge the apparent siloing of disciplines between art and science. Join Scholar-in-Residence VK Preston to think with these multi-dimensional proposals.
Following this evening’s performance, connect with the artists as they field your questions and discuss the work you’ve just seen. It’s the most direct behind-the-scenes access you can get. Admission is free with the purchase of your ticket.