Dancing About Technology in HackPolitik
A new ballet about hackers celebrates the humanity behind the Internet.
Back in 2010, the hacker group Anonymous grabbed headlines for launching a series of cyber attacks against companies and governments in the name of free speech. Perhaps only one person read those news stories and thought, That would make a great idea for a ballet. That man was local composer Peter Van Zandt Lane.
The resulting ballet, HackPolitik, premieres in Boston this month, presented by the Juventas New Music Ensemble. Dancers will portray real-life online activists. â€śThe concept at first may be a little odd,â€ť Lane concedes, â€śbut then you realize that itâ€™s just a story about people.â€ť
Since the story is about people sitting behind computers, the challenge for Lane and choreographer Kate Ladenheim was translating cyberspace into music and motionâ€”â€śa physical representation of ones and zeros,â€ť Lane says. Judge for yourself whether they succeeded on November 15 and 16 at the Boston University Dance Theater.
Source URL: http://www.bostonmagazine.com/arts-entertainment/article/2013/11/11/hackpolitik-dance-boston-university/