Another Language Performing Arts Company 1985 - 2014
Another Language was founded in 1985 by Co-Artistic Directors Beth and Jimmy Miklavcic. The company focuses on creating dance-based interdisciplinary performance works. The mission of Another Language is to provide collaborative opportunities to artists and arts organizations, to combine different art forms in innovative ways, and to broaden access to community arts education.
1985 saw the creation of a performance work and video installation, A Chrysalis Project, with choreography and sound score by Elizabeth Miklavcic. The involved set, designed by Elizabeth and Jimmy Miklavcic and constructed by Jimmy Miklavcic, was filmed in October by Kerry Jensen with the editing completed in December. In 1986, Chrysalis was performed four times at the Salt Lake Art Center over a period of a month, between performances Art Center attendees could view the video installation.
In 1986 Another Language created a work titled, Ted Speaks His Mind. Ted was created for a specific downtown Salt Lake City environment, Dinwoody Park, for the Salt Lake City Arts Council's Brown Bag Concert Series founded by Casey Jarman. The title character Ted was portrayed by Jimmy Miklavcic. The work consisted of a series of dances that told the story of Ted's simple way of life, which included an unusual way of amusing himself, playing a slide whistle to polka music. In addition to the main story several different characters were given a mission during the presentation, to go through a defined obstacle course which included riding a child's tricycle and climbing a tree. Other characters such as two blind men, two nuns, a fisherman and a man floating on a raft in a fountain walked in, amongst, and through as Ted's story unfolded. Ted Speaks His Mind concluded with all the dancers and various characters lining up against a wall by the park fountain, while two scuba divers rose out of the water and walked away.
With the two featured works, A Chrysalis Project and Ted Speaks His Mind the creative tone of Another Language Performing Arts Company was set.
The formal proscenium stage concert for 1986 was As Our Thoughts Escape Us. Held at the University of Utah Modern Dance Department in Theatre 208. Nine works of modern dance, poetry, and text were created and staged by the directors of Another Language with guest choreographer Tina Karlsson, guest poet Jody Plant, and guest performer David Scott Chamberlain.Art and life are intertwined. We share the joy and richness we feel for life through the expression of our work. What we hope to achieve in our performances is a moment for the viewer to say 'Yes, I've experienced that feeling.'
.....super-intense movement, sharply and uncompromisingly executed.
Dorothy Stowe - Deseret News
1987 saw the birth of Beth and Jimmy's daughter Hanelle Miklavcic, Beth's return to school to pursue her master's degree, and a presentation by Another Language, Sounds That Art Makes, a two day festival that featured lectures, demonstrations, and performances by local, national, and international expermental musicians. The featured artist was internationally renouned experimental musician Charles Amirkhanian who, at this time, was the Music Director of KPFA Radio in San Francisco.
Beth's master's thesis concert in 1988 included the creation of Photographic Memory which is still in the company's active repertoire today.
In 1989 Christopher Ivins and Gunild Pak joined Another Language and with Jimmy created, Where Path's Seldom Cross. Nine performers moved in the crosswalks of downtown Salt Lake for an hour beginning at 5:30 a.m. each morning for a week. The idea of the performance was based on interesctions, intersections between night and day, dream-time and day-time, work and creativity. Community reaction was one of suprise and interest. The work was covered by a video feature in Channel 5 local news.
The 1989-1990 season saw the opportunity for Another Language to move its location into a downtown community of residential and studio spaces known as Artspace. This non-profit organization, directed by Stephen Goldsmith, consists of living and working studios designed to help artists with the creative process during the development of their work. The establishment of this downtown studio fulfilled a longstanding dream of both Beth and Jimmy to create an intimate theatre where artists in the community could have an opportunity to create work, give classes and present performances.
During this time Gunild, Christopher, Beth and Jimmy performed in a downtown alley, and gave two formal concerts, Another Language Holds a Conversation and On the Gutting Ledge. Other company activities this season included performances for Repertory Dance Theatre, Big Brother's Big Sister's Organization, Granite School District, Utah Arts Festival, Phillips Gallery and toured to Snow College in Ephraim, Utah.
This season, The Artists' Exchange was established, a performance presentation where 4-6 invited artists gave a 10 minute presentation and then answered questions from the audience. These exchanges were opportunities to learn the motivation and inspiration from many artists in the community. Visual, film, video, interdisciplinary artists, musicians, poets, writers, actors, and dancers, ranging from first time presenters to professionals, participated.
One of the more interesting performing arts companies in Salt Lake City.
Steve Miller -The Daily Utah Chronicle
1990-1991 saw the expansion of the company to a larger group of performers: Chara Huckins, Sarah Hudelson, Eleni Kambouris, Michael Larkin, and Lori Nichol. Our performances included the Brown Bag Concert Series,the Egyptian Theatre in Park City, Utah and the O.C. Tanner Ampitheater in Springdale, Utah, another Sounds That Art Makes - featuring Henry Kaiser, Jin Hi Kim, and Phillip Bimstein and formal concerts Home Movies and Other Family Secrets and Moving Words. In addition four Artists' Exchanges were presented and the Company helped to organize classes and performances by other artists in the community at Another Language Studio.
The Artists' Exchange...a group comprised of some assortment of artists - dancers, painters, photographers, poets, and/or musicians - perform at Another Language Performance Studio, 345 West Pierpont Ave...members of the audience voice their impressions, opinions, reactions and emotions....Magic happens.
Joyce Marder - The Event
Another Language's performance was stimulating and entertaining, a combination not always achieved by many performing groups.
Carolyn Wardle - The Daily Spectrum
1991-1992 offered the debut of Eglantine a solo video dance work. Created by Beth Miklavcic, with videography and editing by Jimmy Miklavcic, the successful collaboration was described as:
A remarkable multimedia piece...The symbolism is of a rose, but the imagery of the dancing figure in black with tangled braids moves into mysterious, decadent and even threatening realms, suggesting the decay that lurks just below the surface of all blooming, radiant things in their prime. Beth's dancing was vivid, strong, wild, original, and loaded with memorable images.
Dorothy Stowe - Deseret News
The work led to a visual art fellowship nomination for Beth, juried by Henry T. Hopkins, chairman of the Department of Art at the University of California at Los Angeles and director of UCLA's Wight Art Gallery. The prestigous nomination acknowledged the quality of expression defined by the collaboration of the Artistic Directors of Another Language. Hailed as "among the finest artists in Utah."
Ann Poore - The Salt Lake Tribune
Other performance highlights for the 1991-1992 season included a collaboration with the Salt Lake City Arts Council on an AIDS Awareness Day performance, four Artists' Exchanges, a formal spring concert, the opening of the Delta Center stage at the Utah Arts Festival, the International Composer to Composer Conference - Telluride, Colorado, and the Bumbershoot Arts Festival - Seattle, Washington.
In the fall of 1992 Another Language Company returned to Springdale to perform for New Music Utah. Which led to a mention of Jimmy's work in the Village Voice, New York. A week earlier Beth, Jimmy, Michael Larkin and two new members Jeannine Chan and Ryan Sales were invited to Boulder, Utah to create a site specific work on slick rock cliffs. With sponsor and guest performer Tina Karlsson, the company presented a work that emphasized the expanse of the beauty of the desert.
Along with the four Artists' Exchanges, the Company offered its first children's concert, Fantasy Flights, and performed monthly at the Children's Museum of Utah. The spring concert, A Blank Stare and a Whisper, marks the debut of a 30 minute work created by Beth, choreographed to the music of Pamela Z. Another Language was featured in the April 1993 issue of The Arts Magazine and was a featured performance group at the Utah Arts Festival.
Art is not a noun. It's a verb, an "action" word. It's a long slow deep breath that one begins near birth and expends when one passes on. And if artists are doing their "job" properly, that breath is expended into the mouth of a new generation.
1993-1994 the Another Language Performing Arts Company was profiled in Utah State of the Arts. A beautiful book commissioned by the Salt Lake Chamber of Commerce. The Company initiated an Artist in Residence Progam, a two month residency designed to give an artist studio time and the opportunity to work with Company members who assist the artist with the development of ideas for group and solo work. Hilary Carrier, the company's first resident artist, culminated her residency with a performance on October 29, 1993. One week earlier the Company gave a wild and zany fundraising party, Night Light and Tails. One week after the residency was completed the company performed it's Fall children's concert, See and Share.
The annual spring concert, Society in a Nutshell, included performances by Company members Jeannine Chan, Spencer John Powell, and Travis Rasmussen with guest performer Mickey Mounarath. Along with guest choreographers Hilary Carrier and Rosalind Newmark.
The spring of 1994 the development of another new program began. A four month Scholarship Program designed to give an artist solo time and space in the studio in which to develop work.
Art is a journey through cool, crisp forests of dreams around worlds of arcane gestures under expansive and all encompassing skies over industrial and technological solutions to self inflicted trauma. Each motion through thought collects more experiences than any human can digest.Each stroke of color outlines and underscores the desire to prick the bubble of complacency.Each chip of stone falls away from our walls of randomly generated authority. Art is the ability to discover the unknown from the known, the unseen from the ordinary, the unheard from the sounds of our mind's breath. Art is the essence of that which we dare to seek. To look at one's self and to realize that there is more.
May of 1994 marked the final Artists' Exchange and began a new era for the Company. Another Language moved out of the downtown studio and became a part of the Performing Arts Coalition. Jimmy served on two boards and two committees for the Coalition. He served on the Technical Committee, Owner's Committee, was a member of the PAC Board of Trustees, and Chair of the Advisory Board. The mission of the Coalition was to construct a performance and rehearsal space downtown that would serve many performing groups. This facility was called the West Broadway Performing Arts Center (and would later become the Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center) and is located at 134 West Broadway. The plans for this facility included a 450 seat theatre, a 150 seat black-box theatre, 3 rehearsal studios and office space for several performing organizations. A few of the organizations that would be housed in this facility were Repertory Dance Theatre, Gina Bachauer International Piano Competition, Utah Opera, and Stage Two Production Companies. Another Language Performing Art Company was included in this group to be housed at the Rose-Wagner Performing Arts Center.
Later on, after the construction of the Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center, was completed, Another Language was offered office and rehearsal space as residents in the County facility, but the focus of the Company had begun to shift towards creating works in the digital world. Another Language was also planning to build its own office and rehearsal studio space.
After the Utah Arts Festival performance in June 1994. The Company took a short break from performance activities.
...go to an Another Language performance. The motion and emotion come together for fresh, new experience that is on the cutting edge.
Sander Sharp - The Daily Utah Chronicle
1994-1995 marked Another Language Performing Arts Company's Tenth Anniversary Season. Company members were Rosie Banchero, Rebecca Groen, Spencer John Powell, Travis Rasmussen, and Mickey Mounarath. The focus of the year was to celebrate the anniversary season with a spring concert. Rehearsals took place at the Capitol Theatre and Repertory Dance Theatre's studio. The Another Language rehearsal studio and phase one of the Performing Arts Center were slated to be completed late summer 1995.
I step onto the cold floor. The sound of the wood cracks and snaps under my feet. The studio is neutral. Waiting for the next energy to arrive. As I take this first step, it is as though I've walked into a warm embrace. The warmth is the memory and experience of working through many hours of creative expression. The studio is the birthplace.
I turn on the amplifier. Put the cassette into the machine and listen. The vibrations of the studio begin to quicken.
I work on movement, combining what I imagine with what can really be done. The movement becomes bold. My joints and muscles are awake now. Spin, turn, toss, ball change, back twice, pause. . . The shape of the phrase begins to solidify.
The movement travels from my brain into my body, from my body to my soul. I'm no longer thinking about steps. Expression. Expression colors the space, molds the space, changes the vibrations in the room. Toss, burst, spiral, fall. . .
The dance is taking shape. I am learning new things from the movement. What if I take this off balance? What if I fall or leap here? Try a new idea, and another, and another...
The studio is warm now. I am warm. I am dancing, communicating with the surrounding space, communicating with the light inside.
Each time I move I learn something, I grow, I connect my heart, mind, and spirit.
That is why I dance.
Beth A. Miklavcic
After leaving Art Space in 1995 the Company rehearsed and held class at the Capitol Theater in downtown Salt Lake City. Rehearsing several nights per week, new works were created and old works were revived for the Tenth Anniversary Concert.
Stepping into the Light, was held at Judge Memorial High School Auditorium, April 21 and 22, 1995. In a review of this concert;
Dance is a universal art form that is subject to diverse interpretations - as are poetry and film. In the 10 years of its existence, Another Language Performing Arts Company has tried to bridge the chasms between these forms of communications and expressions with thoughtful imagery...
Scott Iwasaki - Deseret News
The concert premiered three new works and several previous works dating back through the past ten years. No Place Formaldehyde and Approaches choreographed by Jimmy Miklavcic and Beth Miklavcic respectively were two of the premiere works.
In June, Beth and Jimmy Miklavcic were awarded the 1995 Mayor's Artist Award for Performance, Creativity and Community Service. After ten years of participation Another Language made its last appearance at the Utah Arts Festival, where Jimmy served as the Festi-Live Stage coordinator for five years.
In December, the Company was invited to perform Photographic Memory, for a production sponsored by Repertory Dance Theatre, Experiment's in a Black Box. This would be Another Language Performing Arts Company's last live performance for eight years as the Company moved into a research and development phase.
January, 1996 marked the beginning of a new era for Another Language. The Company decided to utilize the Internet as its performance venue. This idea was to give us an outlet for a variety of artistic pursuits that include video, music, poetry, paintings and historic prose. The domain name anotherlanguage.org was registered with Network Solutions and Another Language Performing Arts Company went digital.
The web site www.anotherlanguage.org was first hosted by Phobos Corporation on a Sun Microsystems Sparc10 workstation. With the graphic design work of Susan Roberts and the web site layout and technical set up by Jimmy Miklavcic, the new web site took shape. Work on the web site continued throughout the year poems, paintings, and historical information were installed. Video streaming was in its infancy and many problems were encountered.
While the web site was being constructed, work on the studio and office also continued. The office, although not completely finished, became usable in December. Computers, office equipment and files were moved in during the Christmas holidays.
Streaming video and audio technology was evolving out of infancy when Jimmy began to investigate its possibilities in 1997. He chose, at the time, Progressive Networksproducts called Real Player and Real Server. These were offered free, although with limited capabilities. The server could allow a maximum of ten simultaneous connections and the data rate was limited to 56 kilobits per second (kbs). There were many problems to over come. The streaming server software would not run on the SPARC10 workstation so we had to move the web site to a Silicon Graphics workstation.
The learning curve for video and audio streaming technology was immense. In order to get the best quality, there were many technical hoops to jump through. Jimmy tracked down a PC that had an audio card and began the process of digitizing the first music composition. It took several weeks to learn the intricacies of digital audio capturing and editing. Finally he had a product that could now be loaded onto the web site, but it had to be converted into the Real Video/Audio format. After several attempts at conversion, at about four hours for each attempt, a digitized version was accomplished and the first streaming media was installed onto the media server.
Although hours and hours of work had gone into creating this new venue, funding was reduced dramatically by agencies that had little understanding of the complicated nature of this work.
In 1998, having installed the first streaming media didn't quite yet mean that Another Language was ready to present on-line works. Just before inaugurating the first presentation, the company faced with having to move its web site from the Phobos Corporation's system to the University of Utah's Center for High Performance Computing system. This required moving the domain registration of anotherlanguage.org over to the University of Utah in such a way that there was as little disruption of service as possible.
After the technical difficulties endured in 1997, this year proved itself as a year of good fortune. Another Language was able to present the Internet premiere of a music composition I'm Tired (1981) and a video work Nobody Special (1996).
Work continued on the studio. In the office, there was much finish work to be done. Cabinets were installed in the area under the stairs creating a kitchen-like area. Vicki Panella a leader in the arts community made us aware of a classified ad in the Salt Lake Tribune indicating the sale of maple wood flooring for $2.00 sq. ft. After inquiring about the sale, it was discovered the maple flooring was from the old downtown Salt Lake City Deseret Gym.
First funding from the Zoo Arts and Parks Tier II Salt Lake County program was approved.
After running the website for more than two years, 1999 was a time for a new look. The current site up to this point had a dark look, for example all images and graphics floated on a black background. Susan Roberts took on the challenge to redesign the site and make it lighter with more interesting graphics. Susan created an updated, exciting, great new look for the entire site.
By this time Progressive Networks, the maker of this media streaming technology, evolved into the ubiquitous Real Networks. The video and audio server software had grown to a stable and high quality product. The video server was upgraded with the new Real Server G2 product, installing streaming video and audio became easier.
This gave Another Language the opportunity to present three new network premieres. The first was A Chrysalis Project (1985), a multi-media dance created by Beth Miklavcic with videography and editing by Kerry Jensen. Beth composed the score for the work and created the concept for the set. Jimmy Miklavcic designed and built the stage set. The next installation onto the web site was an electronic music composition by Jimmy for When the Floor Bounces, originally scored for a dance choreographed by Beth. The final premiere for the season was, No Credit, a solo video work by Jimmy Miklavcic. As of October 1998, there had been 61,232 visits to the web site.
Work began on an interactive DVD-ROM and web documentary covering the process of creating a work and tracking its changes over a ten-year period. Beth chose, What? a dance piece she choreographed with music by Jimmy. This interactive project presents an educational thesis on the evolvement of a work over time. Beth Miklavcic chose to write about What? because it had been consistently revived with different performers and performed in different spaces over the years. The interactive web presentation, currently available in the Education section of the web site involves photographic images, graphic design, video streaming, and a teachers aide questionnaire. What? A Choreographic Evolution is free to educators.
The new millennium, marked renewed work on the rehearsal studio. Jimmy prepared the studio space to receive a 6.75" x 19.5" x 30' beam to help support the ceiling. Posts that were placed in the center of the space were removed. The beam was installed in the summer with the help of two material lifts, Robert McDermott, Steve Scott and others.
Beth pulled together the video documentation from the past fifteen years and transferred the tapes to the digital DVC-Pro format. These included the old BetaMax format tapes as well as VHS and Hi8mm. To transfer the BetaMax tapes a BetaMax VCR was purchased from E-Bay. Beth spent nearly six months pressing the play and record buttons. During this time she compiled thirteen different versions of What? in order to prepare for the DVD-ROM project.
In May, production started on Creative Passings. This new video work, created by Beth and photographed by Jimmy, featured dancer Hanelle Miklavcic.It was a tribute to Izzy Wagner, a major contributor to the construction of the Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center. Scenes were shot at Antelope Island in the Great Salt Lake, Silver Lake in Brighton, Utah and downtown Salt Lake City.
More and more computer users visited www.anotherlanguage.org. In the period of Dec 1999 through November 2000, the web server registered over 150,000 hits, from 7,000 unique hosts. This number was more than double the number of visits during the same time last year. Just over 1,000 of the 7,000 unique hosts were visits from K-12 sites.
Work on the Studio was suspended due to other construction priorities.
On March 31, 2001,Creative Passings premiered at the Grand Opening Gala of the Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center. Beth spent a year editing this video work. As she was nearing the end of the editing process, she received an introductory e-mail message from composer Irfan Shaw of 3jane in Leicester, UK. After visiting the Another Language web site he made his compositions on MPE.com available to the Company. Beth listened to Moves: Ariel Mix and was very intrigued; this selection was a perfect fit for Creative Passings. This was the first time that Another Language was able to participate in an international collaboration through our web site.
Later that summer, Beth began scanning in over 100 photos of What?. These images were to be incorporated into the What?: A Choreographic Evolution interactive DVD-ROM.
From January through May of 2002, Beth and Jimmy taught Performance Art and Technology for the University of Utah College of Fine Arts, Arts and Technology Program. The students worked hard throughout the semester investigating the multifaceted process of performance art. Each students final performance project was to incorporate technology, culminating into a fully integrated event.
Work continued throughout this year on What?: A Choreographic Evolution DVD-ROM. Beth edited each of the thirteen versions of What?. This included the creation of the title slides for each of the videos, the design of menu backgrounds, the arrangement of more than 100 photos and digital images for the DVD and the historical documentation of its creative process.
In December, Creative Passings was screened at the Loaf-I Film Festival held at the Broadway Theater in Salt Lake City, Utah.
DVD authoring work continued on the What?: A Choreographic Evolution DVD-Rom in 2003. The goal was to get the project replicated by June so that it would beready for distribution by the beginning of the K-12 school year. Beth assembled all the assets, the video, images and menus into Spruce Technologies DVD Maestro (now Apple's DVD Studio Pro). By May, it was ready for replication and by the end of June, the DVD was published.
Through February and March Another Language began rehearsals for the first Internet performance, using the Access GridTM video conferencing software tool package. Interplay: Intransitive Senses, premiered on April 16 at the Intermountain Networking and Scientific Computation Center Auditorium on the University of Utah campus.The event featured performances by Alex Caldiero, Harold Carr, Flavia Cervino-Wood, Beth Miklavcic, Hanelle Miklavcic and was directed by Jimmy Miklavcic. Technical artists included Brian H. Buck, Eric Brown, Derek Cowan, and Shawn Lyons. Matthew Thorley documented the performance. The audience experienced the event in several ways. They could attend the live performance events, view the video streams at any of the Access Grid sites, or view them online with their home or work computer. Jimmy Miklavcic, manipulated each video stream to appear in any of four video playback windows similar to Windows Media Player or Apple's QuickTime Player. This created a work that took four individual stories and wove them into a multi-layered distributed tapestry.
On September 12, Beth Miklavcic presented a seminar on the process of creating What?: A Choreographic Evolution DVD-ROM. She shared the three year process of gathering all the video, editing the project, formatting the images, designing the video title slides and DVD menus. Then she covered linking the assets in the authoring system, and testing the entire project before burning the final DVD project to tape. All attendees received a free copy of the DVD-ROM. The DVD is currently available free to all Educators. It is also available as an Another Language membership incentive.
Between August 2002 and September 2003 www.anotherlanguage.org registered more than 350,000 hits.
Creative Passings was screened at two festivals this year. It appeared in the 22nd Utah Film and Video Centers Short Film and Video Festival on June 15 in Salt Lake City, UT. Then July 3 - 5, Creative Passings, made its European premiere at Coreografo Electronico Festival International di Videodanza in Napoli, Italy.
Interplay: Intransitive Senses was performed a second time on October 10 for The Symposium on Science and Literature. Due to a family emergency, a cast change had to take place. Two very professional and capable musicians stepped in to perform. Sam Liston (guitar) and Kate Macleod (violin) performed with Alex Caldiero, Beth and Hanelle. The line up made this broadcast successful and exciting with a very different texture. Technical Artists were Eric Hansen, Brian H. Buck, Eric Brown, and Kent Christensen. J. C. Cunningham documented the performance and Shawn Lyons took digital photographs.
In November, Creative Passings was added to the University of Utah Marriott Library Special Collections Division. On November 25th we unveiled the interactive web version of What? A Choreographic Evolution. Web visitors can access much of the same content as the DVD-ROM through Education section of the web site.
The first project of the season was a cinematic version of Music for Bubble Biters: The Mocumentary beginning in January with production continuing through June. Bubble Biters is a work that was performed in the Another Language repertory for many years. Originally created in 1985 by Jimmy Miklavcic and performed for a variety of events such as the opening of Cinema in your Face 1985, Sounds that Art Makes New Music Festival 1986 and 1990, Composer-to-Composer Music Conference 1992, and many others. Director Beth Miklavcic used the work as a springboard to expand structured situations and create scenes that covered the process of bringing Music for Bubble Biters to public view. Shot in sequential order as much as possible; the cinematic version began with the first meeting, (which really was the first meeting) and covered the rehearsal process to the final performance with character adventures and interviews interspersed throughout the rehearsal process. This film explored each Bubble Biter performer with improvised, but mostly truthful dialogue by the actors.
MUSIC FOR BUBBLE BITERS: THE MOCUMENTARY SYNOPSIS
Artistic obsession and the need to create takes on many forms and some of them are so unconventional that the adventure of bringing the idea into reality is more of a struggle then the actual performance. This is the case with Music for Bubble Biters: The Documentary. Shot in the Mockumentary film style the story follows, Jimmy, the conductor and creator of the Bubble Biters composition as he sets the work on a new cast. Some members of the cast have issues with what they are being asked to do, which is play an instrument that is a bowl of water.
The film begins with the first meeting of the new cast and shows their reaction to what they are being asked to do, for a couple, the idea is just a bit too strange, others are hesitant, others who were in the original cast are all for starting up again. This seems very representative of how the general public often reacts to a new artistic idea.
As rehearsals progress, some of the cast has to be replaced, and there is a near drowning. Tony who was a member of the original cast in the 1980s finds a resurgence of his need to participate in guerilla art attacks such as he used to do "back in the day." Bus finds himself facing his own fears about his commitment to this strange performance. Erik has to find a path through his inherent shyness, and in the opposite direction Jimmy has to wrangle Aaron a professional water musician who travels around the country with his entourage of fans.
As the performance nears, the main issue becomes will there be an audience to see the concert and does a full house really matter when the triumph is really bringing the piece to fruition in the first place. When the cast finally does get it together, magic happens and it is a glorious moment.
As the members of the cast go back to their daily routines we see how the experience of being a Bubble Biter has affected their lives and shows the value of artistic expression in whatever form it takes.
Through interviews with the cast and conductor, the Bubble Biters story is told with honesty, vulnerability, humor and the true belief that art changes peoples lives and makes our world a better place because of the people who are willing to take creative risks.
Many of the interviews and rehearsals were shot during February and March, then production was postponed during April as work intensified on the upcoming InterPlay performance.
March 2004 marked the completion of the InterPlay: Intransitive Senses DVD. This project took Beth nearly six months to complete.
On April 23 - 25 Another Language premiered InterPlay: Hallucinations. This performance was our first multi-site event. Hallucinations explored several aspects of hallucinations within social, political, visual and audible contexts. Video imagery emanating from each remote site, Alaska and Maryland, was combined with video imagery generated at the primary site, Utah. A multilayered visual experience was achieved with more than seven video streams display on a sixty square foot area.
Each of the primary artists chose their own context on which to base their expressions. Beth Miklavcic, Artistic Director of Another Language, conceived her work, The Surface of Things, around the concept of social hallucinations by exposing the misinformation we impose on ourselves through first impressions. Scott Deal, percussionist and composer, and Miho Aoki, visual artist/computer animator, worked loosely with notions of perceived communications and encounters. Brian Buck, dancer/choreographer, explored hallucinogenic properties of the Moebious Strip, regarded as the only two dimensional object in existence. Nadja Masura, video artist, investigated the hallucinations inside the political and commercial machine, focusing on how we are conditioned into believing what we are hearing and seeing. Jimmy Miklavcic applied these individual concepts and integrated them in a tapestry of hallucinogenic images.
InterPlay: Hallucinations featured local performances by actors Tony Larimer, Aaron Henry, Beth Miklavcic, Priscilla Steed, and Marie Larimer in a theatre/video work titled The Surface of Things. This performance piece focused on the stereotypes we encounter when first impressions, based on the way we look, are in direct conflict with the sum total of our experiences that define our real selves. The old adage, "Don't judge a book by its cover," came into play as a strong motivation for the creation of this work.
During the performance of The Surface of Things Aaron and Beth held cameras and shot their point-of-views in a camera choreography experiment those video streams were incorporated into the performance in order to give the audience a more personal experience from the actors perspective. The hand held streams were projected on the large screen as well as on two pieces of PlexiglasTM hung on stage right and left. The projections on the Plexiglas gave an ethereal and ghost like texture to the live video. An additional wide shot of the performance and screen display in the Utah auditorium was shot by camera operator Erik Brown.
The video streams were assembled simultaneously and mixed live by director Jimmy Miklavcic into a digital mix. In total, the performance included ten live video streams that were displayed on the screen for the Utah audience to experience and streamed out onto Internet 2 to the other remote sites. Locally, Sam Liston controlled the main display and orchestrated the entrance, arrangement, and removal of all of the video windows during the performance. All the remote sites had control of their own display design.
In May, work continued on Music for Bubble Biters: The Mocumentary, shooting the main performance scene and additional final interviews. By the end of the month production had finished and the post-production process had begun. Working throughout the rest of the year, Beth edited the project, created the sound score and authored the DVD into its final package. Jimmy worked on colorization of the video images during the editing process.
Additional 2004 Highlights:
Creative Passings and InterPlay: Intransitive Senses were official selections of the Just Another Film Festival in Farmington, Utah, which was held the same weekend as the InterPlay: Hallucinations performance. InterPlay: Intransitive Senses made its European premiere at Coreografo Elettronico Festival International di Videodanza in Napoli, Italy on May 10-12, 2004. A poster session of InterPlay: Hallucinations was presented at the University of Utah Arts and Technology Symposium in Salt Lake City, Utah on September 30 - October 2. On November 11, a paper InterPlay: Hallucinations - Case Study was presented at Supercomputing Global 2004 at the Pittsburgh Convention Center, Pittsburgh, PA.
Between January 1, 2004 and December 31, 2004 www.anotherlanguage.org registered 224,402 accesses with 8,079 unique hosts.
Music for Bubble Biters: The Mocumentary premiered in Salt Lake City at a special screening for cast, crew, friends and family at the University of Utah Intermountain Network and Scientific Computation Center Auditorium on January 14. Bubble Biters screened on March 24, as an Official Selection of the Just Another Film Festival in the Wildcat Theater at Weber State University.
Work began on Music for Bubble Biters: The History DVD, which will make up the second disc in the two disc Bubble Biters set. From January through April Beth encoded videos of all recorded Another Language performances, rehearsals, and classes from the past 20 years. The performances had been recorded on a variety of media such as 8mm, VHS, DVC-Pro, and Mini-DV tapes. During the encoding process whenever she found a performance of Bubble Biters it was copied into a special project area, with the intention of assembling these clips into a Music for Bubble Biters history DVD project similar to the What? DVD that was created in 2003. The rest of the encoded materials will be included in an extensive History Project on the website.
This year Another Language initiated a new program, the Actors Showcase, a forum for actors, artists, musicians and filmmakers to show and discuss their work and to learn about each other. Three events took place on February 23, May 25, and November 2.
2005 was a great year for InterPlay performances. The premiere of InterPlay: Loose Minds in a Box was held April 15 - 17 in Salt Lake City, Utah. This performance expanded its participant sites to five. Collaborators included were Beth Miklavcic, Jimmy Miklavcic, Erik Brown (Another Language/ University of Utah), Scott Deal, Miho Aoki (University of Alaska, Fairbanks/Arctic Region Supercomputing Center), Charles Nichols (University of Montana, Missoula), Tina Shah, Helen Kostis, (University of Illinois, Chicago), T.J. Rogers, Joe Hayes, Carol Cunningham, Dioselin Gonzalez, David Sigman (Purdue University/Envision Center for Data Perceptualization, Indiana), Nadja Masura, Moira Jackson, Brian Buck and Nick Bartoli (University of Maryland).
InterPlay: Loose Minds in a Box was a look at the boundaries of our existence, whether self imposed or inflicted by others. In this work, Beth developed the piece, Dressers. She performed in a closet behind the audience, created numerous characters and explored the concept that we are what we wear. The closet was covered with blue paper inside and out so that Jimmy could utilize chroma-key effects by placing Beth's various personalities into the video streams coming from the other five sites.
Music was performed by Scott Deal and Charles Nichols in Alaska and Montana respectively. At one point, Joe Hayes, under the choreographic direction of Carol Cunningham in Illinois controlled Charles electronic composition with motion-captured movement. Performance artists Eric Brown from Utah, Eleni and Tina from Illinois and Nadja, Brian, Moira and Nick from Maryland added depth to the performance while Miho Aoki and David Sigman created the computer graphics and animation.
Dioselin Gonzalez created a virtual environment that was projected onto Purdue's performance space. Audience members in Utah had access to two systems placed in the lobby of the Intermountain Network and Scientific Computation Center and were able to manipulate avatars in the virtual space changing in real-time the visual environment in Purdue.
InterPlay: Loose Minds in a Box was performed in Los Angeles, California for the SIGGRAPH 2005 conference at the Los Angeles Convention Center. Another Language recreated the original live performance on August 3-4 with great success. It was the first time that a performance utilizing the Access GridTM Technology appeared at this world-renowned computer graphics conference. InterPlay: Loose Minds in a Box continued its tour to Seattle, Washington for a performance at the Supercomputing Global 2005 Conference in the Washington State Convention and Trade Center. All sites came together again to perform this project for local attendees and those connected via the Access Grid.
On June 27, Beth and Jimmy presented two papers in a panel session at the International Federation of Theatre Research. The papers, The Role of the Performer in the InterPlay Process by Beth and InterPlay: Hallucinations, A Telematic Performance Form by Beth and Jimmy Miklavcic depicted the process of creating an InterPlay performance from the perspective of the artists and the technology. The conference was held at the University of Maryland in College Park, MD. These papers were presented again on October 7 at the UVSC Humanities and Technology Association Conference 2005 in Snowbird, Utah.
As the end of 2005 approached, the company had the opportunity to screen Music for Bubble Biters - the Documentary, InterPlay: Intransitive Senses and InterPlay: Hallucinations, for First Night Salt Lake City 2006 (a New Year's Eve celebration) at the Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center Studio Theater.
Throughout 2005, work continued on the website, an ongoing project The Another Language History Project was updated with programs and some restored photographs from 1990. An InterPlay section with information from the three live performances was updated and expanded as well.
Between January 1, 2005 and December 31, 2005 www.anotherlanguage.org registered 458,701 accesses with 8,070 unique hosts.
The Company went right into development and rehearsals for the premiere performance of InterPlay: Dancing on the Banks of Packet Creek on March 31 - April 2 hosted in Salt Lake City, Utah. This work was an exploration into the tenuous devotion towards the inundating wave of digital information and non-experiential knowledge. Packet Creek depicted the Internet with its flow of disassembled pieces of data that course throughout the world like schools of spawning salmon. Dancing on the Banks represented the ritualistic gyrations that are expressed as people create, disseminate, search, and acquire this electronic epistemological knowledge.
InterPlay: Dancing on the Banks of Packet Creek was an exciting blend of images and sounds using the Access Grid Video Conferencing Technology into a real-time collaborative surrealistic cinematic performance. Local live performers were joined in this performance with ArtGrid participants from University of Alaska Fairbanks, Boston University, University of Maryland, and Purdue University. As an Internet2 member connected to the Abilene Network, the University of Utah provided the network infrastructure and computing facilities that made the InterPlay process possible.
On March 23, just prior to the performance of InterPlay: Dancing on the Banks of Packet Creek, Beth and Jimmy presented, via the Access Grid, an overview of the InterPlay process for the University of Alaska's Internet 2 Day. April 6, 2006 Jimmy and Beth presented an InterPlay overview for the Mid-Atlantic Gigapop Philadelphia Internet 2 (MAGPI) seminar in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
On April 28, InterPlay: Loose Minds in a Box was selected by the Peoria Civic Federation, Peoria NEXT and ArtsPartners of Central Illinois as a National Semifinalist for the 2006 Peoria Prize for Creativity.
Paradigm Entertainment's Your Indies are Showing, a Cable Network television show, picked up Music for Bubble Biters - The Mocumentary. Head of operations Adam Nielson arranged for a television interview on June 6 with Beth, Jimmy and performer Erik Brown.
Jimmy spent considerable time during the summer of 2006 converting the entire Another Language web site from frames, the accepted formatting at the time when the web site was first built, to Cascading Style Sheets (CSS). The result is a better interactive flow as one progresses from page to page. The fast pace in accepted practices when working with technology is one challenge for the Directors of Another Language as they continue to focus on the combination of art and technology. With the web site serving a a primary community outreach and presentation venue for the company.
Another Language hit the road for a performance InterPlay: Dancing on the Banks of Packet Creek on November 15 for the Supercomputing Global 2006 conference at the Tampa Convention Center in Tampa, Florida. With the aid a new software product call AGVCR by Derek Piper of Indiana University; the performance with was recreated using the individually recorded Access Grid video and audio streams. Beth worked the display on the main node display while Sam Liston used 3D Desktop on SUSE Linux to manipulate the center video windows while Jimmy mixed the live video streams. Directly after the performance Jimmy and Beth gave a joint presentation Production Elements and The Presentation of Self Over the Access Grid. This presentation covered the production elements one should consider when meeting and working in the Internet Broadcast genre. Beth covered camera placement, lighting and background simplification; Jimmy covered audio applications, such as equipment options appropriate for personal, group, and classroom applications. He also covered some etiquette "dos and don'ts" that are unique to video conferencing meetings.
Between January 1, 2006 and December 31, 2006 www.anotherlanguage.org registered 567.195 accesses with 19,231 unique hosts.
Work began in earnest on InterPlay: Nel Tempo di Sogno with weekly meetings over the Access Grid. Participating sites included the University of Alaska Fairbanks - Arctic Region Supercomputing Center, Boston University, the University of Illinois Urbana - Champaign, the University of Maryland - College Park, Purdue University - Envision Center for Data Perceptualization, and the University of Utah Center for High Performance Computing.
Featured Internet artists and performers were Musicians - William Scott Deal and David Krnavek, Dancer - Carrie Baker, Graphic Artists - Miho Aoki, Somer Hahm, Chao Peng and Siyuan Wang from Fairbanks, AK; Musicians - Junko Simons and Robert Putnam from Boston, MA; Performance Artists - Nadja Masura , Peter Rogers and Julie Zdanoski from College Park, MD Graphic Artists - Timothy J. Rogers from West Lafayette, IN; and Dancer - Chun-Chen Chang from Urbana-Champaign, IL.
Beth wrote a first draft of the script to provide a framework for the InterPlay and over the next three months she wrote six drafts as more information became available and as she began collaborating with individual artists who would perform monologues during the piece. Jimmy Miklavcic worked with the Maryland artists on their context and monologues.
...arguably the Wasatch Front's most "cutting-edge" performing-arts company
Ivan M. Lincoln - Deseret Morning News
This InterPlay performance, conceived by Directors Beth and Jimmy Miklavcic included Utah Visual Artist - Paul Heath www.paulheathart.com who created a silkscreen composition around the subject of time during the three performances and Didjeridoo musician Marko Johnson www.rounddoor.com Utah actors performed a new original collaborative script that included text contributions from most of the performers. They were William Ferrer - The Peoples Theatre, Eliza Wren - Halloween Town 4, Travis Eberhard - Church Ball, Jenni Lou Oakes - The Comedy Circuit, and Beth Miklavcic - Napoleon Dynamite.
Nel Tempo di Sogno (In the Dreamtime) focused on a voyage through distorted time, creating visual echoes of moments past, present and future. Seven distinct characters performing in Utah, interacted and communicated with each other as they depicted different moments in time. They also interacted with four additional characters from different geographical locations. The characters examined how time affected their very existence, including how they made use of their time and when they ran out of time.
The performance was held March 31 - April 1, in Utah, live attendance was available at the Intermountain Network and Scientific Computation Center auditorium on the University of Utah campus. The Utah studio audience had the benefit of seeing the screen display and the live performance that took place in the auditorium, they also saw the camera operators in action as they videotaped the live performance, which was sent through the Access Grid and manipulated by Jimmy Miklavcic in the digital mix. After the performance the very responsive audiences at all sites participated in a post performance discussion. Audience numbers, including on-line viewers, totaled of 449, a doubling from the previous InterPlay: Dancing on the Banks of Packet Creek held in 2006.
It's difficult to explain what exactly Another Language Performing Arts Company is. The multi-media cross-genre montage of live and computer-streamed performances the group is known for doesn't exactly fit into art critic's categories.
Kelly Keiter - Salt Lake Magazine
Even though enormous efforts were made to document the performance and the Internet Broadcast, the realization became very clear, during this project, that achieving unified documentation of both the performance and the screen display is nearly impossible. The projections on the screen display produce silhouette images of the performers, which can be interesting as an effect, but not throughout the whole piece as represented on a DVD. The close-up shots that work very well during the performance limit the documentation visibility for a view that is without the benefit of all the screen activity as seen by the live audience during the performance. Representing the magnitude of this project on DVD in its entirety becomes almost impossible, although DVDs of all InterPlay projects are eventually available. Each DVD becomes an additional project as an extension of the live performance, but not completely accurate as to the representation of what an audience member sees in the Utah auditorium during the live performance.
May 14-16, 2007 Beth and Jimmy Miklavcic attended the Access Grid (AG) Retreat held at the Gleacher Center in Chicago, Illinois. The Access Grid Retreat is an annual event involving users, developers and collaborative researchers using the Access Grid videoconference software. The Access Grid Retreat was an ideal environment for the AG community to share recent experiences and research findings, to present ideas for future AG technical directions, and to train and educate AG newcomers. Jimmy and Beth attended this retreat to learn more about the Access Grid system and its development. It is at this conference that Mike Daley of Cardiff University in Wales demonstrated his work on AG Carousel that arranged the Access Grid video windows in an animated slide carousel. Beth realized the potential of integrating Mike's AG Carousel with the development toward the animated cinematic display of the InterPlay performances and Mike was interested in collaborating on the upcoming 2008 project, InterPlay: Carnivale.
June 30, 2007 Jimmy Miklavcic gave a keynote presentation InterPlay: Stepping Out of the Box for the Slice of Life Conference, this is an event where medical and health science educators and developers gather from around the world to explore and share the uses of multimedia information technology in education. The focus was on cutting edge developments, implementation and evaluation of courseware, e-Learning, distance learning; web enhanced curricula, wireless mobile computing, graphic design, animation and digital video.
During the months of July through September, Beth and Jimmy worked on the paper InterPlay: Performing on a High Tech Wire and prepared a presentation of this paper for the Digital Resources in the Humanities and Arts (DRHA) held at Dartington College of Arts in Devon, England. The Dartington campus is on a 1,200-acre estate with a castle-great hall, east and west wings and its own White Hart bar and restaurant. Attending the DRHA conference was like walking into a dream. On September 11, 2007, Beth and Jimmy presented InterPlay: Performing on a High Tech Wire in Studio One in the Lower Close. The positive response to the presentation resulted in a request by Sue Broadhurst to publish the paper in West London's Brunel University's Body Space and Technology Journal. The paper is archived at http://people.brunel.ac.uk/bst/vol0702/home.html
October 6, 2007 Beth and Jimmy had the opportunity to present InterPlay: Performing on a High Tech Wire for the Humanities and Technology conference held at the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in Terra Haute, Indiana. The Humanities and Technology Association (HTA) is an interdisciplinary scholarly society that explores interactions of technology, science, the humanities and the social sciences.
The College Music Society conference held its fiftieth national conference in Salt Lake City on November 15-18, 2007, long time collaborator, W. Scott Deal invited Another Language to participate in his presentation Performance Beyond Place: Music in a Multi-Disciplinary Telematic Performance on November 17, 2007. Beth restaged the opening segment of InterPlay: Nel Tempo di Sogno with original performers Travis Eberhard, William Ferrer and Jenni Lou Oakes along with new performers Sylvia Martinez and Priscilla Steed. Jimmy mixed incoming video feeds from camera operators Natalie Murdock and Ben Hunt during the presentation.
Between January 1, 2007 and December 31, 2007 www.anotherlanguage.org registered 555,716 accesses with 27,431 unique hosts.
The 2008 InterPlay: Carnivale directed by Jimmy and Elizabeth Miklavcic, was an examination of the mystery of the performing soul through an amalgamation of a variety of celebratory performance mediums such as circus, Mardi Gras, carnival, amusement park, fair and arcade. This live, distributed, real-time, surrealist, cinematic performance was presented as if one was walking into a memory of by-gone circuses, carnivals, parks and fairs.
Utah characters included Madame Flambe - The Bearded Woman (Ryan Lucas), Soliloquy -The Sword Fighting Harlequin Soldier (Hanelle Miklavcic); Mystique Francesca Futura - The Gypsy Fortune Teller (Elizabeth A. Miklavcic); Raqs Sharqi - The Belly Dancer (Maia Taylor) and Ballistrina Helium - The Balloon Peddler (Priscilla Steed) and Mr. Barney Carnacle -The Ring Master (Travis Eberhard).
The animated multi-layered cinematic display, an combination of photographic slide shows and animated flash graphics created by Elizabeth Miklavcic, integrated with animated video window configurations controlled by Mike Daley's (Cardiff University, Wales UK) modified AG Carousel emulated various amusement park rides and carnival environments. Virtual puppets created by Marla Schweppe and Joe Geigel of Rochester Institute of Technology, New York interacted with the live Utah performers. Composer Joe Reitzer of the Technology, Research, Education, and Commercialization Center in West Chicago, IL created original music compositions and sent them live during the performance.
Jimmy and Beth Miklavcic, artistic directors of Another Language Performing Arts Company, have continued to expand the performance stage through technology.
Scott Iwasaki - Deseret Morning News
After an intensive development process InterPlay: Carnivale was performed March 28-30, 2008 at the Intermountain Network and Scientific Computation Center auditorium on the University of Utah campus. The Utah studio audience, with full houses on the Friday and Sunday shows, was able to see the technical crew in action, the live performers in Utah and the full screen display kinetics. The performance was broadcast through the Access Grid and viewed simultaneously in Cardiff, Wales; Rochester, New York; and Chicago, Illinois.
Carnivale is Another Language's sixth yearly "InterPlay" (its term for multimedia online performance occurring in different sites simultaneously), fusing the artistic and technological aspects of the performance more seamlessly than ever before.
Brian Staker - Salt Lake City Weekly
InterPlay: Carnivale received the Salt Lake City Weekly Artys 2008 Readers Choice Award for Best Opera/Symphony Performance by Travis Eberhard and Artemio Contreras.
An article InterPlay - Six Seasons of Access Grid Performance Research written by Beth Miklavcic, Jimmy Miklavcic, Mike Daley, Joe Geigel, Marla Schweppe, and Joe Reitzer was published in the Center for High Performance Computing Spring 2008 News, this publication has a distribution of 1100 subscribers.
Web site pages were updated with consolidated CSS code and the Another Language membership area was revamped with many new aspects such as special galleries and increased images and movies were made available exclusively as benefits for contributing members.
Another Language participated in the world collaboration Six Seconds Around Me and Sign the Sound for Squardi Sonori 2008, Festival of Media and Time Based Art sponsored by FaticArt Association of Contemporary Art, based in Perugia, Italy. This festival of sound and visual art traveled throughout Italy. The project characterized the relationship between image and sound with 120 participating artists from 34 countries around the world some countries included Great Britain, Switzerland, France, Holland, Italy and the United States. The exhibit concluded at the Contemporary Art Museum in Napoli, Italy and the museum's director Antonio Manfredi has added the participating artists work to the museum's collection.
Development of a presentation The Poetics of Challenge: Developing Artistic Works in an Emerging Digital Tool Set took four months from June through September for the Digital Resources in the Humanities and Arts Conference held September 14-17, 2008 at Cambridge University, England. Beth and Jimmy Miklavcic spoke on September 16 about using the Access Grid for artistic purposes. The presentation focused on the demands of using Telematics as an artistic medium and addressed specific challenges that were experienced while organizing and directing the InterPlay performances.
The Poetics of Challenge: Developing Artistic Works in an Emerging Digital Tool Set presentation was given for the Center for High Performance Computing (CHPC) at the University of Utah on October 9, 2008 and an article written for CHPC's bi-yearly publication, Access Grid Infrastructure for Telelmatic Performances by Jimmy and Beth Miklavcic was published in the Fall 2008 News.
Jimmy Miklavcic completed the InterPlay: Loose Minds in a Box DVD; this DVD of the 2005 InterPlay performance was distributed to participants of this event and is now available to the general public on the Another Language web site. Beth Miklavcic completed the InterPlay: Nel Tempo di Sogno DVD; a free screening was held December 20, 2008 and was distributed to participants of this event. It is now available to the general public on the Another Language Web Store.
Between January 1, 2008 and December 31, 2008 www.anotherlanguage.org registered 605,174 accesses with 29,872 unique hosts.
In January, Elizabeth Miklavcic submitted The Story of Iris Merryweather from InterPlay: Nel Tempo di Sogno to The Human Emotion Project under the direction of global curator Alison Williams with Italian curators Carlo Fatigoni and Sandro Cecchi. The project was sponsored by Faticart Association of Contemporary Art in Perugia, Italy. The Human Emotion Project focused on investigations into the expression and representation of human emotions interpreted through video and film with contributions from the global artistic community. The submission was accepted and the project has toured throughout Italy and is a part of the 2009 Sguardi Sonori Festival showing at several venues in Rome and Genova.
February 20th, Josephine Garibaldi the Director of Theatre and Dance at Idaho State University, invited Elizabeth, to adjudicate The Idaho Moving Project dance concert. In conjunction with the adjudication, Elizabeth and Jimmy Miklavcic gave a presentation to fine arts students and faculty. The Poetics of Challenge (given at Cambridge University, UK the previous year) opened much discussion with the faculty regarding telematics and the possibilities of collaboration between organizations and institutions from varied geographical locations. In addition, InterPlay: Nel Tempo di Sogno was shown following the presentation. The Idaho Moving Project concert was held in the newly constructed L.E. & Thelma E. Stephens Performing Arts Center. Ms. Garibaldi, Paul Zmolek, the dance faculty and students were gracious hosts holding a reception following the concert where Elizabeth and Jimmy could meet and converse with the inspiring dance students and talented faculty at ISU.
March 7th, Jimmy and Elizabeth Miklavcic presented The Poetics of Challenge for the Utah Dance In Education Organization's annual statewide spring conference. The theme of this year's conference was Dance and Technology: Taking the fear out of the 21st Century - Exploring the use of Technology in Dance Education. An enthusiastic introduction by UDEO Board Member Jaynee Welty welcomed the Another Language Directors. The complex nature of the InterPlay works inspired several dance instructors toward learning more about technology, telematics, video communications and the applications for dance performance.
The 2009 InterPlay: AnARTomy directed by Jimmy and Elizabeth Miklavcic, was an examination into the art of the human body. Using multi-artistic explorative investigations including live dance performance, mime, poetry, 3D skeletal animations, live life drawing, flash animations and live music, this year's InterPlay was a stunning work of art. Six performances were held March 27-29 and April 3-5, 2009 at the University of Utah Intermountain Network and Scientific Computation Center and streamed live through the Access Grid, into Marriott Library Island in Second Life, as well as, a live QuickTime broadcast that could be viewed through the company's website www.anotherlanguage.org.
Utah performers included world-class gymnast Theresa Kulikowski, dancer Patrick Barnes, and poet Elizabeth A. Miklavcic, with artists from Brigham Young University Professor Cynthia Overman, students Anthony Holden, Laura Smith and Jacob Wyatt. University of Utah students Daniel Van Tassel modeled a 3D skeleton and Joshua Lee Bross created skeleton animations. During the performance, Joshua sent pre-rendered animations live through the Access Grid as the dancers performed as living sculptures.
Utah control room technicians were Jimmy Miklavcic - digital mix and technical director, Travis Eberhard - audio engineer, Colin McDermott - node operator and performance manager. Camera crew consisted of Cory Anderson - director of photography, Christopher Lee - camera operator, Tauna Price - camera operator, Josh Bross - camera operator and Russel Henricksen - documentation. During technical week rehearsals, artists Paul and Colin Heath and Jon Weisberg helped test the live life drawing component by working with Adobe Photoshop, where the system's video display was transmitted through the Access Grid as part of the performance. They also created traditional life drawings on paper that was recorded and sent through the Access Grid.
Distance site artists included Professor Miho Aoki from the University of Alaska Fairbanks who created the animated background movies in Adobe Flash, as well as, sketched the dancers live during the performance. Professor William Scott Deal - Director of the Tavel Arts and Technology Center at Indiana University - Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) and a member of the telematic musical ensemble Big Robot with musicians Jordan Munson and Michael Drews performed live their original AnARTomy sound score. Dancer Brian Buck from Long Island, New York created quick jittery dance movements that moved through space as juxtaposition to the slow restrained movements of the moving sculptures in Utah. Cardiff mime Ben Spruce, covered completely in white, performed live in response to the movements of the dancers in Utah. Mike Daley - Senior Technician and Professional Tutor for the School of Computer Science at Cardiff University, Wales built a stage with reflective materials to give Ben's video presence a 3D effect. Mike also sent an animated skeleton and scanned faces in the video stream from Cardiff.
Kersten Swinyard programming director of the Leonardo Science Center in Salt Lake City posted a blog review, in it she stated:
Ever heard of "live, real-time, distributed, surrealistic cinema"? We hadn't either. We have however seen the omission in our lives and are doing our best to rectify it via Another Language, a performing arts company at the University of Utah...InterPlay: AnARTomy features two dancers, poetry, a host of sketch artists, and digital animators, and requires nearly a dozen computer systems to compile live video feeds from four other universities...all to create a dynamic, collaborative performance.
Another Language, for the very first time, utilized real-time streaming of High Definition Video (1280 x 720 progressive) in InterPlay: AnArtomy. Another Language, IUPUI and Cardiff University, Wales transmitted at most three HDV streams from their sites. New computer systems, that can handle HDV in real time, needed to be purchased at the University of Utah for transmission and display. Utah, IUPUI and Cardiff all used Black Magic Design's HDMI and Serial DV capture cards.
Getting the technology to work was truly an international collaboration. The Human Interface Technology Lab (HIT Lab) in Christchurch, New Zealand went to work to develop the appropriate software drivers and video services that would integrate HDV into the Access Grid technology. Within weeks, Nathan Gardiner and ChangHyeok Bae had made software available to us for test and use.
New Panasonic AVCHD Cameras were purchased. These HD camcorders used no tape; instead it recorded to 16 GB SanDisk cards the size of a postage stamp. Each card recorded one hour and twenty minutes of HD video. After every performance, Cory Anderson, the director of photography, uploaded the video to a MacBook Pro laptop and erased the cards for re-use the next performance.
A scheduled presentation on April 16, 2009 through the Center for High Performance Computing at the University of Utah focused on telematic performance and a showing of InterPlay: Nel Tempo di Sogno.
June 19, 2009 Computer Graphics History Museum Director Richard Thompson invited Another Language to participate in the opening reception of the newly founded museum dedicated to preserving the history of computer graphics by displaying a variety of machines. Another Language screened four InterPlay performances, Intransitive Senses, Hallucinations, Loose Minds in a Box and Nel Tempo di Sogno during the reception.
June 25, 27 & 28, Another Language Performing Arts Company re-created the cinematic display component of InterPlay: AnARTomy for The Leonardo Science Center during the 2009 Utah Arts Festival. Some of the challenges involved in the recreation of the cinematic display entailed: creating a new design for the equipment configuration, many rehearsals and testing for compatibility with the downtown building, creating a simulated network, portability of the complex computer systems and three days of set up. During the performance, Jimmy Miklavcic created a new live digital mix and Elizabeth Miklavcic ran the node display, placing performance videos in different geometrical formations throughout the AnARTomy performance.
June 26, Elizabeth donated her time to Holladay Arts for a staged reading of Isabella Iasella's In David Blaine's Wake directed by Rebecca Webber with Artistic Director Beth Bruner. This performance was a fundraiser for the Cancer Wellness House.
The end of July saw the completion of digital media documentation of InterPlay: AnARTomy for the web site and the complete striking of all props, drawings and equipment of the event. At the beginning of August, the company moved into a complete redesigning of the history section of the Another Language website.
November 3 - 8, Elizabeth and Jimmy Miklavcic donated their time to perform in People Production's reading of The Exonerated, directed by William Ferrer and performed at the Sorenson Unity Center.
In August, restoration of historical movies from the twenty-five year history of Another Language Performing Arts Company began. The work continued through December, Elizabeth worked day and night on the company's historical videos. The process included applying multiple video and audio filters, titling, rendering, and compressing videos for web viewing. The extensive video archive is now available for public viewing. Other elements of historical documentation, such as, including descriptions of the dance and performance works, restoring company photographs and Artists Exchange videos will be included in the next phase of the historical documentation process.
December 2009 saw the completion of the InterPlay: Dancing on the Banks of Packet Creek DVD. This project, developed in 2006, was an exploration into the tenuous devotion that people have towards the inundating wave of digital information and non-experiential knowledge. Packet Creek depicted the Internet with its flow of disassembled pieces of data that course throughout the world like schools of spawning salmon. Dancing on the Banks examined ritualistic gyrations that are expressed as information is created, disseminated, searched, and acquired. Using the metaphor of fluid motion and dynamics the project portrayed the immense amount of non-experiential knowledge and its influences. The expansive range between truth and fiction or frivolity and importance were just some of the creative investigations and artistic expressions that were explored through music, dance, video, computer graphics and remote motion capture MIDI control. This DVD is available at the Another Language web store.
Between January 1, 2009 and December 31, 2009 www.anotherlanguage.org registered 977,832 accesses from 26,590 unique hosts.
January 29-30 Elizabeth performed a new work Face-to-Face in Callous Physical Theatre's production Big Dance/Little Space at the Old Town Actor's Studio in Pocatello, Idaho. The challenge was to perform a dance work on a 5-foot by 5-foot elevated stage space. The sold out performances were organized and directed by Paul Zmolek and Josephine Garibaldi, and were made possible, in part, by support from the Pocatello Arts Commission, Idaho Commision on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts.
January marked the completion of the InterPlay: Carnivale 2008 project DVD. This performance was an examination of the mystery of the performing soul through an amalgamation of a variety of celebratory performance forms such as circus, Mardi Gras, carnival, amusement park, fair and arcade. The live, distributed, real-time, surrealist, cinematic performance unfolded as if one walked into memories of a by-gone era. This DVD is available at the Another Language web store.
February saw the completion of the InterPlay: AnARTomy 2009 project DVD. This performance explored the human body as a complex system of thought and action where the simplest impulse can generate the most amazing human motion. The subject of AnARTomy was an exploration into this very personal receptacle as a connector through which humans operate, activate and live. This DVD is available at the Another Language web store.
A year of preparations for InterPlay: Event Horizon, March 26-28 & April 2-3, began to coalesce at the beginning of March. Filming and gathering of performance contributions took place over span of the past year. The celebration of Another Language Performing Arts Company's 25th Anniversary included a series of community panel discussions March 28-April 1, 2010.
In March, Elizabeth had the honor to participate in a visual art show, Landscape: Shaken Gently with a Twist. The opening reception was held March 19, 2010, and the gallery exhibit ran from March 19-April 9, 2010. Elizabeth created two new digital paintings for this group showing of visual artists. The exhibit was hosted by Art Access/VSA Utah; VSA is an affiliate of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Landscape was vetted and hosted by Executive Director Ruth Lubbers and Assistant Director Sheryl Gillilan.
There are several ways one might tell the story of the Another Language Performing Arts Company. It's a story about the ever-evolving art scene of Salt Lake City, and the 25 years the group has spent performing in the alleys, playgrounds and theater spaces of Utah's capital. It's a story about rapid-fire advances in computer technology, and Another Language's efforts to create "live, real-time, distributed, surrealistic cinema" that is unlike anything most of us have seen before. It's a story about dance and poetry, music and theater, collaboration and a singular artistic vision forged by two people.
Dan Nailen - Salt Lake Magazine (04/2010)
March 26-28 and April 2-3 saw the performance of a new, original project InterPlay: Event Horizon. The concept of Event Horizon was based on the exploration of the unknown, by reveling in the discovery what could be just beyond sight or knowledge. The participating artists wrestled with the question: "How does one approach or attempt to work within an emerging medium, where constant upgrades change the landscape of creation?" InterPlay: Event Horizon was a combination of dance, music, poetry, animation and cinematography. The performance included a designed multi-layered cinematic display. 2010 marked the eighth InterPlay project co-directed by Jimmy and Elizabeth Miklavcic. During this time, Company Directors participated in podcast, web and television interviews; and Another Language gratefully saw feature articles in Salt Lake Magazine, Salt Lake City Weekly, Salt Lake Tribune and the Deseret News.
This unique production (InterPlay: Event Horizon) makes no excuses for bringing together art forms that, on first glance, have no business sharing the same room. It's bold. It's dense...With a 25-year company history and years of performance experience using the latest technology available, the Miklavcics are expert hands."
Ben Fulton - The Salt Lake Tribune (03/28/10)
March 29-April 1; Another Language held a series of community artists, leaders and activists' panel discussions. The March 29thpanel was Artistic Administration - How it has grown and changed over the past twenty-five years. Panelists were Nancy Boskoff, Victoria Panella Bourns, Jim Glenn, Casey Jarman, Ruth Lubbers, and Brent Schneider. The March 30th panel was Community Artists and Activists - Share thoughts on the use of technology in art, presentations and events. Panelists were Derek Dyer, Sean Guymon, Matthew Loel T. Hepworth, Scott Iwasaki, John Schaefer, Brian Staker and Kersten Swinyard. The March 31st panel was Utah InterPlay participants discuss the experience of performing in an InterPlay and share thoughts on performance as it blends with technology. Panelists were Erik Brown, Harold Carr, Flavia Cervino-Wood, Travis Eberhard, Paul Heath, Cynthia Hogan, Priscilla Steed, and Joni Urry Wilson. The April 1st panel took place using the Access Gridtm and was Discussions on Telematic performance with Access Grid technology. Panelists were Jeff Carpenter, Mike Daley, Scott Deal, Joe Geigel and Bob Huebert. All panel discussions were archived and will remain available on the public level of the InterPlay: Event Horizon web page until the end of September 2010. Further information is available on the InterPlay: Event Horizon project page.
April 9th Elizabeth and Jimmy Miklavcic traveled to St. George, Utah, where the Company Directors presented the second edition of InterPlay: Performing on a High Tech Wire for the Utah Academy of Sciences, Arts and Letters spring conference. Founded April 3, 1908, the Utah Academy of Sciences was organized to promote investigations and diffuse knowledge in all areas of science. In June 1933 at the annual meeting, the Academy was enlarged to include the arts and letters, and the name was changed to the Utah Academy of Sciences, Arts, and Letters. In the mid 1980s, the scope of the Academy was expanded still further to include 1) Business, 2) Education, 3) Engineering, 4) Library Information and Instruction, and 5) Health, Physical Education, and Recreation. Beginning with the 1998 issue, the journal is now The Journal of the Utah Academy of Sciences, Arts and Letters.
Earlier in the season, the Another Language Directors participated in an on-line interview process for On-the-Move organization. The publication, Excited Atoms by Judith Staines, presented by On-the-Move, is an exploration of virtual mobility in the contemporary performing arts. "Excited Atoms outlines a history of virtual mobility in performance, presents the main types of work with inspiring current examples and traces some of the most critical issues and motivations for artists, cultural producers and promoters to collaborate, share, make, question, present and innovate using virtual mobility. In-depth interviews with twenty-one key practitioners,cultural managers and critical observers share informed points-of-view from around the world. This educational document covers networked performance ... enlarging the action radius ... participatory strategies ... one-way, two-way and third spaces in interactive performance ... virtual stages ... avatars ... live streaming of work in progress ... transdisciplinarity ... and so much more. The study was funded by the Fundacion Autor." Excited Atoms was released, free to the public, on April 9th. The publication received over 4,000 downloads during the first week. The link to Judith Staines publication is available on the Another Language home page.
In May, Elizabeth and Jimmy were invited by Nicole Larsen to create a short film, Salt Lake City in 90 Seconds for submission to TorinOver10. Torino, Italy is Salt Lake's sister city, the festival held throughout Torino will include videos from invited artists and displayed in public areas. TorinOver10 is presented in collaboration with the Department of Commerce, Tourism and Urban Marketing of Torino and sponsored by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry for Cultural Heritage, Regione Piemonte, Provincia di Torino Citta di Torino, District 7. Work on this project took place through June and included hours of footage from different places of Salt Lake City and surrounding areas, which were then edited into a ninety-second video.
July saw the completion of Music for Bubble Biters-The History DVD. The process of assembling this DVD included finding and restoring nine Another Language performances from 1987-1993 of Jimmy Miklavcic's original music composition. Included are performances that took place for the Brown Bag Concert Series and Sounds That Arts Makes in Salt Lake City, the Utah Performing Arts Tour in Park City and Springdale, Utah and the International Composer-to-Composer Festival in Telluride, Colorado. The completion of this historical DVD finishes the two-disc set that accompanies Music for Bubble Biters-The Mockumentary a film, created in 2005, that spoofs the Bubble Biter performance experience. September 27-October 2 Music for Bubble Biters-The Mockumentary was screened for Brolly Arts H20 project held at the Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center in Salt Lake City.
Website documentation of InterPlay: Event Horizon was completed in July and the authoring of the InterPlay: Event Horizon DVD was completed in November.
Beginning October 9th and exhibiting through 2011, Italian based FaticArt Association headquartered in Perugia, Italy organized the Sguardi Sonori-Infinite Spaces Festival of Media and Time Based Art event with participating artists from all over the world. Elements for this performance/installation include electronic music, sound art installation, performance, video art, painting and photography. Elizabeth Miklavcic's video art, Triptych, and Elizabeth & Jimmy Miklavcic's piano/guitar duet, Call of the Horizon, are included in this prestigious event.
The Utah Academy of Sciences, Arts and Letters chose InterPlay: Performing on a High Tech Wire written by Elizabeth and Jimmy Miklavcic to receive the 2010 "Best Paper Award in the Arts Category."
From December 2009-November 2010 www.anotherlanguage.org saw 838,444 web accesses from 26,694 unique hosts.
In January, Elizabeth and Jimmy Miklavcic began working of developing a new performance space at the Intermountain Network and Scientific Computation Center, the VisLab Black Box Theater Room 294. The project included painting, hanging curtains, setting up the projection space and setting up the technology. Rehearsals for the next telematic performance continued as work on the theater continued. Duel*Ality 1.0 was performed February 25-27 and March 4-6, 2011. The original script written by Elizabeth and Jimmy Miklavcic, focused on two characters Duel (Jimmy Miklavcic) and Ality (Elizabeth Miklavcic). The play showed the human side of technology and how technology influences behavior and personal interactions.
Just walking into the performance space tells you you're in for something a little different...The first line of the production isn't spoken, it's displayed on screen, 'We have to figure it out.' These words appear with a jumble of images that are at first primitive drawings and become more sophisticated in their complexity. The introductory images are an illustration of the growth of technology, a prevalent theme throughout the production...Elizabeth (Ality) and Jimmy (Duel) sit in the same room but interact through email and video conferencing while their images appear as two separate projections on the screen. It is a visceral experience to watch the actors talk and see their delayed gestures appear moments later as digitized images. The live actors become disembodied, which seems appropriate as they weigh in on relationships and how technology shapes them. The images are side-by-side, close enough that there could be a virtual kiss. And that's the point: We interact through technology but no real intimate connections are made. Even their heads on screen turn to face each other but the projections cannot make any real eye contact...What we have to figure out is a way to incorporate technology into our lives while maintaining a balance that still allows for human interaction and time to simply be human.
Dale Thompson - Artist of Utah 15 Bytes (02/27/2011)
February 18, Elizabeth and Jimmy Miklavcic were invited by Salt Lake Art Center's Senior Curator of Exhibitions Micol Hebron and Curatorial Assistant Raven Martin to participate on a panel The Influence of Digital Media in Contemporary Dance in conjunction with the Sundance Film Festival's New Frontiers Exhibit. The panel theme is described below:
Inspired by the use of 3-D video and live-capture technology in OpenEnded Group and Bill T. Jones's "After Ghostcatching" installation (featured in Sundance Film Festival's New Frontiers), this panel brings together the leaders of Utah's contemporary dance community to debate the pros and cons of integrating dance and digital technology. If one uses video with dance, does it risk being just another bad music video, or can technology be used to help redefine the medium of dance itself?
Micol Hebron - Salt Lake Art Center (02/18/2011)
Sguardi Sonori - Infinite Spaces Festival of Media and Time Based Art organized and hosted by Faticart, continued throughout 2011 with screenings and installations in venues such as the Labicano Center for Contemporary Art in Rome, Italy. This event involved participating artists from all over the world. Elements for this performance/installation include electronic music, sound art installation, performance, video art, painting and photography. Elizabeth Miklavcic's video art, Triptych, and Elizabeth & Jimmy Miklavcic's piano/guitar duet, Call of the Horizon, are included in this prestigious event.
April 8, 2011 Elizabeth Miklavcic presented Visual Scripting for the Utah Academy of Sciences, Arts and Letters spring conference held in Salt Lake City, Utah at the Salt Lake Community College South Jordan Campus. The purpose of Visual Scripting is to provide a complete visualization of an original InterPlay script. It is possible to create a multimedia script with the advent of accessible media software such as Adobe Acrobat, Adobe Photoshop, video creation and streaming applications and more. The script can be provided to actors as drafts during the development process and as completed versions for re-staging. The methods of documenting artistic creations of the present need to reflect the complicated nature of these newly created, original multimedia works. Visual Scripting combines text, auditory and visual files specifically to provide complete documentation of a new original multimedia work and to provide a foundation for interpretation by a new cast; not for the purposes of rote re-staging, but for use as a springboard to move beyond the interpretations of the original cast toward finding deeper creative levels within the work. The paper was submitted for publication in The Journal of the Utah Academy of Sciences, Arts and Letters.
Another Language Performing Arts Company directors Elizabeth and Jimmy Miklavcic participated in the four-hour durational improvisational performance event. Daisy Chain - An Anarchic Performance Event held Friday, May 13th, was an interconnected series of Internet performances that was featured at (((Antena))) Gallery in Chicago, Illinois and simultaneously across the Internet. Participating performers incorporated one or more other performances in the series via projection, monitor, laptop or audio in the performance space. Participants were able to select from any other performance in the series, which remained open to incorporation through reactions, visual amalgamation using projections and the mixing of audio. Improvisation was a primary element of Daisy Chain. The event was curated and hosted by Adam Trowbridge and Jessica Westbrook.
The Salt Lake Sister Cities project TorinOver10 included videos from invited artists and were displayed in public areas throughout Torino, Italy. Video segments from Rotterdam, Glasgow and Nagoya are among featured cities. Elizabeth and Jimmy Miklavcic were invited to create Salt Lake City in 90 Seconds for the exhibition. June 20, 2011 the exhibition came to Salt Lake City, the public reception was held at the Salt Lake City and County Building, The TorinOver10 videos were on display from July 11-31, 2011 the front window of the Marriott Library Digital Scholarship Laboratory in Salt Lake City, and the videos continue to be exhibited at the Marriott Library Fine Arts and Architecture Island in Second Life. Elizabeth and Jimmy artistic statements at the reception:
These film haikus, provide a visual flavor for an expressive idea. Working with textural imagery, they give us glimpses of environmental statements. The impact of these compact visions can be profound. The truth of art touches us. This project, involving so many different voices, represents how we can create shared experiences. It gives us a moment that brings us closer together. The TorinOver/Sister Cities project demonstrates the power of art to communicate beyond borders, beyond language, to touch the soul and speak to our core selves.
Elizabeth Miklavcic - Reception Statement (06/20/2011)
When we were invited by Maryda Nicole Gallo to represent Salt Lake City in the TorinOver 10 festival, we were informed that the theme of the video was the environment. With that idea, we set about documenting the environment of Salt Lake City. Beth and I, for more than two months, beginning in the late spring of 2010, collected many hours of video from various areas in and around Salt Lake and carved it into a ninety second video that reveals the physical and cultural environment from which we draw inspiration. The diametric opposition between the city's energy and the natural landscape, coexisting so closely, shapes our creative process. Salt Lake City in 90 Seconds displays images that describe the land and city scape in which we live, as well as, images that we have composed to present a vision of how, as artists, we see our environment. We wish to thank Maryda and the Salt Lake Sister Cities Advisory Board for giving Beth and I the opportunity to represent Salt Lake City in the TorinOver10 Festival.
Jimmy Miklavcic - Reception Statement (06/20/2011)
Website documentation of Duel*Ality 1.0 was completed in August and the authoring of the Duel*Ality 1.0 DVD was completed in September. This DVD is available at the Another Language web store.
September 17, 2011, Elizabeth and Jimmy Miklavcic received The Salt Lake City Weeklys 2011 Artys Staff Award for Duel*Ality 1.0 - Best Mixed-Media Performance Art.
From December 2010-November 2011 www.anotherlanguage.org saw 824,938 web accesses from 49,508 unique hosts.
The primary focus of Another Language Performing Arts Company, throughout the winter, was the development of stereoscopic artistic assets for Duel*Ality 2.0. Five new scenes were written; adding to the dimensions of the Duel*Ality statement.
The Visualization Laboratory upgrade took a significant amount of time. The equipment enhancements involved setting up a single Acer H5360 HD/3D DLP projector and a single display system. The new system is an active 3D system powered by a single Nvidia Quadro 5000 graphics card and a single PC running Windows 7 with 24 GB of RAM.
The lab can seat up to 20 viewers comfortably and is consistent with the number of GeForce 3D Vision active shutter glasses that are available. The active glasses communicate, via an infrared signal, with a small transceiver located on the ceiling, just in front of the display screen and connected to the Nvidia graphics card. The graphics card sends a signal to the glasses to shut the left eye when it displays the right eye image and then the right eye when the left eye image is displayed. This occurs sixty times each second, creating the perceived 3D imagery.
The current software inventory on the display system includes Visual Molecular Dynamics (VMD 1.9.0) from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, VisIt 2.3.1 from LLNL, Integrated Data Viewer (IDV 3.0u2) from Unidata, as well as several stereoscopic viewer and converter packages.
The premise of Duel*Ality 2.0 was continued from the 2011 version of Duel*Ality 1.0; where the fascination with new technology is tempered with frustration. This work examines behavioral changes that Duel (Jimmy Miklavcic) and Ality (Elizabeth Miklavcic) encounter through their growing dependence and reliance on computer technology.
Artists of Utah Executive Director, Shawn Rossiter, created a cinematic artists profile of Elizabeth and Jimmy Miklavcic for the February publication of 15 Bytes. This video interview focused on the history of Another Language and featured the upcoming Duel*Ality 2.0 performance.
It's not easy describing Another Language Performing Arts Company. Never has been. When Jimmy and Elizabeth Miklavcic first formed the company in 1985, back when their performances took place on traditional wood-plank stages, they were already adding video, poetry and performance to their choreographed works. When they embraced the Internet's stage of cables and monitors to begin adding live streaming and telematic cinema to their repertoire, description became even more difficult. Which is why we took the opportunity, as the Miklavcic's prepared for the 2.0 version of their telematic performance Duel*Ality, to let them tell their own story. Appropriate for the month of February, it's a love story. It's also a story about creative passion, technological exploration and what to do with all those ones and zeroes.
Shawn Rossiter - Executive Director, Artists of Utah 15Bytes
Duel*Ality 2.0 performances were held February 24-26 & March 2-4 at the University of Utah Intermountain Networking and Scientific Computation Center (INSCC) at the VisLab Black Box Theater.
Another Language Performing Arts Company participated in New Adventures in Sound Art's (NAISA) Deep Wireless Festival 2012. The opening day performance of Hug the World, held on May 1, was a 6-hour-long worldwide telematic jam session, organized by Eldad Tsabary at Concordia Electroacoustics. The jam session included performances of artists in 50 locations around the world including the United States, Canada, Argentina, Chile, UK, Italy, Germany, Sweden, Greece, China, Australia, and New Zealand. The audience was welcome to join the event locally at Concordia's Music Department at MB Building, 8th floor MB8.245 Concordia University, 1450 Guy Street Montreal, Quebec, Canada from 3:00pm-9:00pm or via webcast on Deep Wireless Radio. The theme of Deep Wireless 2012 was Freedom.
Throughout the 2012 Spring and Summer, additional information was added to www.anotherlanguage.org, such as, the April 1993 issue of The Arts Magazine (no longer in publication) was scanned, processed and converted to a PDF. The feature article, written by Elizabeth and Jimmy Miklavcic was about the daily process of keeping an underfunded, non-profit organization going. It was titled Journals in Another Language:
I spent (this week) six hours of preparation to create two minutes of choreography. Add another two hours of rehearsal with Michael (Larkin) to that, and three hours of class (also, working on the material). That makes eleven hours of work to create two minutes of choreography. Take into account the many hours Michael will put in practicing on his own, plus more rehearsal, cleaning, and perfecting the choreography. Most people have no idea the amount of time it takes to create a movement/performance work.
Elizabeth Miklavcic, January 11, 1993
I wonder about the physical process of turning an internal ethereal dream into a hard felt reality. If I boil out all the intricate gestures, the phenomenal amount of work, the persistence and tenacity of driving toward a certain goal from this process the main ingredient remains. The underlying structure of this process is "to get as many people to see the same thing and experience the same dream as I do." If I do anything while I'm here in the strange city in the desert, it has to be this attempt at creating an entity that not only serves Beth's and my needs, but also serves other artists and people.
Jimmy Miklavcic, January 23, 1993
The editing of the film version of Duel*Ality 2.0 took place throughout the Spring and Summer of 2012, and the DVD became available in August. The completion of the Duel*Ality 2.0 DVD, marked the tenth original telematic cinema project, including DVD documentation, developed from the ground up in ten sequential years.
Over a thousand photographs from company performances, photographic shoots and behind the scenes moments were scanned throughout the Summer and Fall. This digital archive is still expanding, with continued scanning of additional photographs. Work on this project will progress through the 2012 season. The processing and posting of these photographs will be a multi-year endeavor.
From December 2011 through November 2012 www.anotherlanguage.org and the company's Facebook page together saw 742,116 web accesses from 85,853 unique hosts.
The development and preproduction of Another Language Performing Arts Company's 2013 premier stereoscopic project, XYZ, began in June of 2012. Script writing and preparations for green screen shots took place while work on the documentation of Duel*Ality 2.0 was still under way.
The premise of XYZ - A Digital Poem was the exploration of the social and personal elements of width, height and depth through poetry, music, movement and 3D stereographic media. XYZ Investigates the concepts of humanity's width of knowledge and experience, heights of aspiration and its depth of spirit, and then correlates those concepts with the geometric x, y, and z planes of animated objects in space.
The work, co-created by Elizabeth and Jimmy Miklavcic with poetry written by Elizabeth Miklavcic, features five entities, Gaia-Earth (Elizabeth Miklavcic) a live component and four screen entities that float inside spherical shapes. Each entity discusses, in poetic form, their point-of-view about their existence.
The four screen entities Colored-By-Numbers (Hanelle Miklavcic), Ghost (Alexis Levitt), Marooned (Jimmy Miklavcic) and Rose (Elizabeth Miklavcic) exist because of technology. They know the benefits of technology, but are cautious of living technologically dependent lives. There is even the suggestion that these entities have become trapped in their own technological bubbles.
The travelers communicate using abstract prose, Colored-By-Numbers is an open book so-to-speak and has only partly experienced some barriers to life, as a result she is only partly written on. Ghost is transparent, she wants to communicate and wants someone to hear what she has to say, but hasn't found anyone to listen. Marooned revels in freedom, he represents digital data, and is able to travel when and where he chooses. Rose rises to visibility; she doubts perception, knowing everyone sees through their own rose colored glasses.
XYZ took place in the INSCC Visualization Laboratory, at the University of Utah February 22-24 and March 1-3, 2013. The VisLab Black Box Theater is where the audience experienced the live performance and the 3D projections. Audience members wore active stereoscopic glasses during the performance to view the 3D projections. XYZ was streamed live during dress rehearsals and performances, although online viewers were not able to view the active stereoscopics on their desktop monitors.
XYZ was featured in the University of Utah Daily Utah Chronicle, the Salt Lake City Weekly, the Salt Lake Tribune and the Artists of Utah 15 Bytes blog.
Another Language Performing Arts Company continues to push boundaries and redefine theatre. Think back to geometry class and mapping points on a grid. The x-axis runs horizontally and the y-axis runs vertically. It's a two-dimensional plane. But then there is the z-axis, a visual representation of our three-dimensional world. These coordinates inspired the name of Another Language's latest telematic cinema project, XYZ, which is a 3D digital-poem and explores the reasons people are here on Earth.
Dale Thompson - Artists of Utah 15Bytes
From mid-April through mid-June, the active stereoscopic 3D animation was transcoded to red-cyan anaglyph for 12 Minutes Max a showcase of experimental pieces and works-in-progress across disciplines with a twelve minute maximum performance time. The showcase took place at Dunce School for the Arts founded by Gretchen Reynolds and Alexandra Karl. Held on June 23, 2013 in Sugar House (Utah). A full house viewed the newly created anaglyph version of the XYZ animated movie.
On July 3, 2013, in partnership with the University of Utah Welcome Center, a group of forty students from Jordan and Canyons School Districts visited the Center for High Performance Computing VisLab to view a stereoscopic screening of XYZ. A second screening for seventeen students from the Davis School District was held on July 11, 2013.
Throughout July, XYZ stereoscopic and anaglyph video stills were created and uploaded to the website project and member areas.
After a multiyear commitment, the scanning of thousands of photographs from company performances and photo shoots was completed at the end of July. The photographs will be restored and processed for the historical digital archive. The processing and posting of these photographs will be a multiyear endeavor.
Throughout August, photographs from Another Language Performing Arts Company's 1985 premier project, Chrysalis were restored and uploaded to the history area of the website.
In mid-August, editing began on the film version of the XYZ performance. The DVD was completed in early October, featuring the live performance with a 2D cinematic version of the XYZ entities. The special features include the cinematic anaglyph version, a discussion with the audience from the March 3rd performance, as well as, 2D and anaglyph video stills. The completion of the XYZ DVD, marked the eleventh original telematic cinema project, including DVD documentation, developed from the ground up in eleven sequential years.
From December 2012 through November 2013 www.anotherlanguage.org and the company's Facebook page together saw 930,375 web accesses from 82,027 unique hosts.
The main focus of Another Language Performing Arts Company in 2014 was building the platform for Ghost Town, an online crowd-sourced project. Artists are asked to investigate a Utah ghost town and create artistic work inspired by that ghost town. There are over one hundred and fifty known ghost towns in the state of Utah.
Twenty-eight projects were proposed, in 2014, with over twenty-seven participants from Utah, Idaho, California, Colorado and Texas. Completed or near completed projects include Amache by Lily Havey (the only exception to the focus on Utah, because of her personal experience as an internee); Devil’s Slide by Peon Clover; Grafton – by Phillip Bimstein and Red Rock Rondo; Goshen, Great Salt Lake, Lucin and Topaz By Elizabeth Miklavcic; Mount Pleasant by Haun’s Mill – Eliza Wren and Nord Anderson; Rockwell’s Station and Salt Lake City Cemetery by Elizabeth and Jimmy Miklavcic; Thistle by Dave Hogan; and Widtsoe Junction by Paul Heath.
The web platform consists of a project description page, guidelines, registration and sites pages. The sites are arranged artistically in a word cloud and are also listed alphabetically. Each ghost town has its own site within the larger web project and includes the artistic content, a Google map link to the geographical location, a Quick Response (QR) code, and the artist’s biography and artistic philosophy. Quarterly newsletters feature a Ghost Town participant and their artistic work.
There are over 150 ghost towns in Utah and participating artists are welcome to add others that may not be listed on Another Language's site. “We hope that this project will take on a life of it’s own and involve many artists from many different backgrounds. Ironically this project is a celebration of life, by acknowledging life’s transience. The only reality we have is the present and it is important for all of us to live fully in the present,” say the Miklavcics.
Shawn Rossiter - Executive Director, Artists of Utah 15Bytes, December Issue 2014
Participants, Publicity, Comments and Artist’s Projects pages were also created. The content will remain on permanent display on the Another Language website and Ghost Town proposals will continue to be accepted through 2015 as the Company celebrates its thirtieth anniversary.
From December 2013 through November 2014 www.anotherlanguage.org and the company's Facebook page together saw 1,040,275 web accesses from 81,809 unique hosts.