Experiment series

 

The Experiment series is an unique collaborative project between dance platform Random Collision and a multidisciplinary research team from the University of Groningen. The project connects scientific research with the creative process of choreographers and dancers, by sharing perspectives and inspiring each other; resulting in dance performance and scientific experiment in one.

In an exciting collaboration of dancers, choreographers and an interdisciplinary team of scientists of the University of Groningen

The experience and role of the audience are the starting point of this joint research: ‘How are we influenced by what is happening on stage?’

Publications
Dance for Solidarity, Uniting Dancers and Audience Through Movement in Dansonderzoek in Nederland, (2015)

Supported by Prins Bernhard Cultuur Fonds, The Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO), Kunstraad Groningen, Noorderzon Performing Arts Festival

Experiment A

Experiment A | Dance moves Science
Experiment A | Noorderzon Festival 2013

Experiment B

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Experiment B | Noorderzon Festival 2014

Experiment B is the follow-up research after the successful pilot Experiment A.

How are we influenced by what is happening onstage? Experiment A showed people tend to relate more to a performance and the performers on stage when the performers show a form of solidarity towards each other. But do these different types of solidarity also affect the behavior of the audience after the performance in different ways?

In Experiment three choreographers each created a choreography inspired by the scientific theory. In the resulting three dance pieces only the choreography was different, all the other aspects (dancers, music, light design, costumes) were the same in all three performances.

As in Experiment A, the audience saw one of the three performances (not knowing there were actually three different ones) and after the performance they were asked to fill in questionnaires. However, an essential edition in Experiment B was the game ‘reconstruction’. After filling in the questionnaire the audience was directed to a adjoining room where they were ask to play this game in which they had to cooperate with each other to be able to complete the task. The question was:
Did the performance they watch influence the way they organized themselves playing the game?

General Director | Kirsten Krans
Choreographers | Jasmine Ellis, Ido Batash, Thomas Falk
Dancers | Anna Asplind, Rozemarijn de Neve, Evelyne Rossie, Miguel do Vale

Social Psychology | Tom Postmes, Ernestine Gordijn, Aafke van Mourik Broekman, Namkje Koudenburg
Artificial Intelligence | Tjeerd Andringa
Lighting design | André Pronk
Music | Hans Vermunt
Costume design | Natasja Lansen

Experiment B+

Experiment B+Experiment B+ | Moving Futures Festival 2014/2015

The dance performances have been previously performed at Noorderzon Festival this August in Groningen and will be shown in a different format at Moving Futures Festival. The audience will watch the performances, fills in short questionnaires and finally the researchers will lecture on the unique collaboration and on what science and dance can mean for each other in research. They will too cover the first results of the research of the performances at Noorderzon Festival.

General director | Kirsten Krans
Choreographers | Jasmine Ellis, Ido Batash, Thomas Falk
Dancers | Anna Asplind, Rozemarijn de Neve, Evelyne Rossie, Miguel do Vale
Social Psychology | Tom Postmes, Ernestine Gordijn, Aafke van Mourik Broekman, Namkje Koudenburg
Lighting design | André Pronk
Music | Hans Vermunt
Costume design | Natasja Lansen