Space Monkeys
An Animation Theater Parcours

Space Monkeys

“SPAM” is a mash-up of a group dance event and media art. Participants from different sectors of society are invited to form teams at a dance-off that also reflects on the attributes of participation and observation. “SPAM” at first was a more investigative piece (presented in Singapore and Stuttgart), but then has moved from research and social psychology towards gaming and dance. It now adapts computer games such as “Dance Central”, “Just Dance” and “Dance Dance Revolution” (“DDR”) in which the players dance against the computer, into a group dance competition. It invites participants to observe first-hand their own behaviors as they devise tactics and work in teams.

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Premiere and Touring

Premiere: Cineleisure Mall Singapore, October 2015

Premiere try-out version: Theatreworks 72-13 Singapore, December 2013

Press Quotes

“SPAM” is a mash-up of a group dance event and media art. Participants from different sectors of society are invited to form teams at a dance-off that also reflects on the attributes of participation and observation. “SPAM” at first was a more investigative piece (presented in Singapore and Stuttgart), but then has moved from research and social psychology towards gaming and dance. It now adapts computer games such as “Dance Central”, “Just Dance” and “Dance Dance Revolution” (“DDR”) in which the players dance against the computer, into a group dance competition. It invites participants to observe first-hand their own behaviors as they devise tactics and work in teams.„It’s an exciting experience indeed for the audience: the „I“ transforms clearly when facing a group.“
(review on the Stuttgart version by Adrienne Braun in Stuttgarter Zeitung)

Documentation
Credits

Artistic directors & text: Daniel Kok, Hiroko Tanahashi, Max Schumacher
Choreography and dance: Daniel Kok
Media design, camera: Hiroko Tanahashi, Yoann Trellu
Sound-design: Sibin Vassilev
Audio-Recording: Hugo Saldias
Production management: James Jordan Tay

The project was supported by: LAFT-BW / Ministry of Culture Baden-Württem-berg, Germany, National Arts Council, Singapore, Singapore International Foundation
Theatreworks 72-13, Singapore. The current version was part of: “Got to move” – an Initiative by the National Arts Council of Singapore