Digital Umbilical

Project: Digital Umbilical
Partners: Body Intelligence Collective,
Sadlers Wells, Dansathon 2019.

Digital Umbilical is a poetic-technologic experience, merging technology and contemporary dance. Reconnecting through
the recognizable sound of our heartbeat and breath, DIgital Umbilical wants to reclaim the poetic, rhythmic and creative aspect of bio-rythms and body cycles.

A unique collaboration between science, technology and dance which premiered at Sadlers Wells London.

Year

2019

Sector

Contemporary dance

Discipline

Interaction design
Bio-data
Technology research
Performance
Scenography
Communication

Ethos

Aesthetic
Interactive
Minimalism
Biomimetism
Engagement
Humane tech

How do we connect to others in the age of digital connection?

Despite living in a period of ‘high connection’, our society is experiencing increased feelings of loneliness affecting people in all social groups independent of their wealth or status. How do we truly connect to others in the age of machines and digital connection?
How can we use technology to deepen the connection to our body and to enhance intimacy between a performer and an audience?

Digital umbilical is not a concept, It is an experience. We believe we can allow people to connect and reconnect with each other, via a powerful, unique experience. Eye to eye, heartbeat to heartbeat, breath to breath.

“A unique experience of dance and a rare insight into our physiological reactions.”

This dance performance explores the connection between individuals (dancer and performer), and its amplification through the use of technology.

A responsive interactive system with sensors feedback in real time bio-data from both audience members and performers,
controlling the soundscape and lighting environment. This gives audiences a unique experience of dance and a rare insight into their own uncontrollable physiological reactions.

Repurposing technological tools of biodata control and measurement, Digital Umbilical wants to reclaim the poetic, rhythmic and creative aspect of bio-rhythms and body cycles, enabling audiences to reconnect to their bodies from a spectator as well as participant perspective.

“We believe it is critical to get audiences to reconnect to their body.”

At a time where we wee rising political division along simplified categorizations and artificial boundaries amongst humans,
we believe it is critical to get audiences and participants to reconnect to the universality of our body, and experiences we have all shared as human beings.

Concept and realisation by Body Intelligence Collective. Design and scenography by Cellule studio.

The creation of Digital Umbilical was made possible with the generous support of Arts Council England National Lottery Project Grants, Fondation BNP Paribas and Sadler’s Wells.

Concept and realization by Body Intelligence Collective
Designer: Salomé Bazin @ Cellule studio
Producer: Lara Buffard
Creative technologist: Simon Hänggi
Programmer: Jon Rowe
Performer: Adam Seid Tahir
Choreographer: Renaud Wiser

Project associates
Musician/Composer: Arthur Astier
Performer: Rosanne Briens
Photography credit: Maria Lax
Video credit: Laurent Liotardo
The creation of Digital Umbilical was made possible with the generous support of Foundation BNP Paribas, Arts Council England National Lottery Project Grants and Sadler’s Wells London.
Trailer: https://vimeo.com/367605432
Website: http://www.bodyintelligence.art/