ASU Digital Culture Gallery

2013.09.18 / Vertigo


In a state of Vertigo, the internal perception of movement differs from the external perception of the experience. The dancers in Vertigo attempt to separate the mind and body by ignoring stimuli perceived through their senses or by attempting to eliminate habitual patterns, inhibition, and the sensation of passing time from their awareness. Throughout the piece the performers will wrestle with a struggle between perception and reality.

An original choreographic and sound score by Michael Krzyzaniak (composer) and Julie Akerly (choreographer) skews the content of consciousness, eliminates our linear perception of time, and transforms the space into a responsive environment. The use of interactive media and sensing systems allows the performing body to transport their surrounding environment into their perception of the experience


Julie Akerly is working on an MFA degree in Dance and Interdisciplinary Digital Media and Performance at Arizona State University. She aims to create versatile environments where the audience and performers can be vulnerable in a shared exploration of an evolving space. Her background is in interactive media, screen dance, choreography, and live performance. Her work in dance has been shown at Glow, Breaking Ground, Bustin' a MadCap, and (e)Motion Film Festivals. Her choreography has been showcased at Slingshot Festival, Emerge, Breaking Ground, SevenATEnine, and Apparatus Sculptorus.

Michael Krzyzaniak is a PhD student in Media Arts and Sciences at Arizona State University. He is interested in intelligent machine behaviour, and how that behaviour becomes manifest through sound. His background is in musical composition and computer programming. He builds machines that play musical instruments, and makes noises for interactive dance pieces.

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