The Laeterna Machina was founded in 2003 in France as an interdisciplinary research project combining dance, music, video and light engineering.
The Collective is unique in the world of contemporary dance, it has succeed in developing new electronic interfaces with custom sound and video software alongside powerful shows, workshops and lectures. It's also the first dance collective that has published all of its rehearsals on a website (video blog) and that is now available on the iTunes Music Store (video podcast).

Laeterna Machina Collective

  • Choreography : Gaetano Giunta
  • Image : Bertrand Gondouin
  • Light Direction : Cyril Monteil
  • Sound : Laeterna Machina
  • Choreography consultant : Mireille Reyes

Shows

  • Sys-Org (2005-2006)

The performance is a Frankenstein mashup of nostalgia and mental illness, centered round a dancer’s double identity. The choreography creates a sonic and visual instrument which transforms physical impulse and energy into acoustic gestures and visual territories. Composed as a sequence of concentrated scenes, it creates an emotional and narrative logic underscored by intense, abstract imagery. Taking the spectator through the looking glass into what may be the paranoic vision of an android, or simply a tale of modernity.

  • Tempo Line (2004) Burn Hollywood Burn !

At the beginning of the show, Gaetano, super dance performer, has to make a huge decision : will he burn fat, hollywood or the electronic devices he is wearing ? Depending his initial impulse, he may change the face of the world...or only his weight.

Tour

  • 27/01/2006 20h30 - Theatre municipal de Montauban, Montauban, France (Sys-Org)
  • 26/01/2006 14h00 - Theatre municipal de Montauban, Montauban, France (Sys-Org)
  • 10/04/2005 - Festival "Les pas de Troyes", Troyes, France (Sys-Org)
  • 03/03/2005 - Festival " Rebonds 05", Albi, France (Sys-Org premiere)
  • 06/06/2004 - Dance at School Workshop, Albi, France (Tempo Line)
  • 03/04/2004 - Festival "Rebonds 04", Albi, France (Tempo Line)
  • 13/10/2003 - Dance at School Workshop, Castres, France (Tempo Line)

Technical aspects

Laeterna Machina uses body sensors patched to the dancer. They measure the movements of the performers and send the signal wirelessly to our computers and home made software.
The raw movement signal is then converted to code that we can use to manipulate directly video, light and sound. We are mostly using the MAX/MSP graphical programming environment, with some drops of PureData, and the MIDI protocol.
With such a system, the performer creates the music with his movements together with the musician and the video artist. Body gesture filters, triggers and transforms sounds and pictures in an unpredictible and complex live show.

The framework "Z" (realtime composition environment focussing on gestural mapping and spatialization) has been mainly developed by Rascal Baltazap for the project sys-org. It has been ported to the Jamoma UserLib thanks to the support of GMEA.

The Video Blog Software developed for Laeterna Machina has been the first integrated solution for video-micro-blogging on the Mac OSX platform before the Youtube and Twitter Era, and is now commercialized under the name Podesk.

Laeterna Machina is quoted by Fréderic Bühl in his Master Thesis « Technologies numériques et spectacle vivant (PDF) » ENSATT 2006.

Sponsors

  • DICREAM-CNC Ministere de la Culture et de la Communication, France.
  • GMEA Groupe de Musique Electroacoustique d’Albi-Tarn, France.