The e-dance project’s artistic and practice-based output was realised by ersatz dance company (Hewison: co-researcher, collaborative artist, performer 91999 to 2011; associate Artistic Director from 2006). Artistic Director; Principal Investigator: Professor Helen Bailey (University of Bedfordshire). Funders: JISC; AHRC (£400,000) co-investigators: M. Turner, (University of Manchester) S. Buckingham-Schum (Open University). Additional £13,800 (Arts Council England: East, 2009) to develop a full-length professional touring dance performance from the practice-based outcomes. Research Questioned: how can digital technologies problematise notions of presence and absence through visual (choreographic) representation of co-existing (digital) bodies? Hewison's role as researcher/performer specifically investigated the impact of digitally enhanced performance environments on a performer's traditional sense of 'projection' of performance material. e-dance choreographic practice-led outputs include: Dislocate/Relocate (2008), Trace (2008), Space/Placed (2008), and Composite Bodies (2010). The final practice-based outcome was Here and There (University of Bedfordshire, 2010; Digital Resources in Humanities and Arts (DRHA) conference (Brunel University, 2010). Others in the UK field conducting similar work include Dr Johannes Birringer (Brunel University) dance/technology company Troika Ranch (USA). e-dance develops application of Isadora software (creator: Mark Coniglio, Co-Director, Troika Ranch) by using it in distributed performance contexts.
Evidence Portfolio includes:
DVDs of practice-based outputs:
• Dislocate/Relocate. (Dir. Bailey, 2008; quartet, 10-minutes) Choreographic practice-led research outcome: Live networked performance (performers: Catherine Bennett, Amalia Garcia, River Carmalt, Hewison).
• Trace. (Dir.Bailey, 2008; duet, 8-minutes) Choreographic practice-led research outcome: Live networked performance (performers Bennett; Hewison).
• Space/Placed. (Dir. Bailey, 2008; duet, 15-minutes) Choreographic practice-led research outcome: Live networked performance (performers Bennett; Hewison).
• Composite Bodies. (Dir. Bailey, 2010; quartet, 15-minutes) Choreographic practice-led research outcome: Live networked performance (performers Garcia, Carmalt, Marina Collard and Hewison).
• Hard copy of Choreographic Morphologies article, co-authored by Hewison, who focused particularly on exploring the subjective experience of performing ‘inside’ technologically enhanced performance environments.