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Creativity, Collaboration, and Interdisciplinarity: Case Studies from Experimental Music and Contemporary Dance

November 6, 2016 - 3:00pm to 4:30pm

GASP faculty member Chris Peck presents a free public lecture on his work:

"In this talk, I will discuss and show excerpts from my recent work as a composer, computer musician, and songwriter in the context of contemporary dance and performance, including Meyoucycle, my collaboration with choreographer Eleanor Bauer which premiered in Paris this May and has since been performed at major festivals in Belgium and Germany. The piece is a kind of live performance, multimedia concept album exploring questions of emotional expression and manipulation in the digital age through eclectic, genre-bending songs and choreography along with theatrical monologues, electronic soundscapes, and surreal interpretations of rock concert scenery, lighting, and staging. I will also discuss my work with LA-based choreographer Milka Djordjevich, which features a variety of electronic and acoustic materials as well as, notably, the voices of dancers. In terms of process, these collaborations eschew conventional composer and choreographer roles in order to discover new modes of independence and interdependence. Through these examples, I will explore the creative potential of reconfigured collaborative processes and destabilized disciplinary boundaries. I will also reflect on how this work informs my teaching in the Global Arts Studies Program at UC Merced, which includes courses in electronic music, inter-arts collaboration, and songwriting."

Photo Credit: Anne Van Aerschot


Merced Multicultural Arts Center

Contact Information

Jayson Beaster-Jones
Global Arts Studies Program