The Viral Dance
“It seems clear that electronic technology has given us a new way to look … One can make things with it, one doesn’t have to put things in one already knows…. one can make discoveries…”
– Choreographer Merce Cunningham, 1968.
On the internet, any content such as an article, video, song or idea can spread like a virus across the globe, connecting millions of people within minutes. This concept is referred to as “going viral”. Why certain things go viral and others don’t is generally considered a mystery. In 2018 Daae/Nordahl fed 250 viral dance videos from the past twenty years into a computer program, a neural network, that studies movement patterns. The choreographies were separated into individual dance moves before the program analyzed the time variations, spatial directions, types of movements and their relative frequency. By doing this the system was trained to simulate a brand new choreography: the world’s first AI-created viral dance, the ultimate viral dance.
Daae/Nordahl continue their research on what it means to be human in modern society, and this time they focus on connectivity by exploring art, truth and the concept of sharing. The Viral Dance is a technological experiment, a live dance show, an online experience as well as an exhibition.
The Viral Dance exhibition presents new works from Sydney artist Jedda Daisy Culley, poet and playwright Nick Drake (UK), NYC based 3D artist Nicole Ruggiero, and 3D artist Jason Ebeyer (AUS) as well as textile art from Ehryn Torrell (CAN), paintings by Daniel Taylor (CAN), an installation by Chrisander Brun (NOR) and new music from Swedish composer William Rickman, an online landscape by Theo Nordahl (SWE) as well as wearable art pieces by Tove Berglund (SWE).
Concept, choreography, direction & performance: Ludvig Daae & Joanna Nordahl. Producer: Sara Bergsmark. Set and light design: Chrisander Brun. Costume design: Tove Berglund. Composer and sound design: William Rickman. Technician: Björn Kuajara. 3D character design, animation, poster: Nicole Ruggiero. 3D character design, animation, poster: Jason Ebeyer, H+ Creative. Technical project manager: Oscar Fernandez. Mocap technician/developer: Petros De Doncker, Target 3D. Tech director: Ashley Keeler, Target 3D. Director: Robert Jeffries., Target 3D, Additional editing: Ahang Bashi. Vlog trailers: Ossian Melin. Co-produced by Tou, Stavanger and MDT, Stockholm. Residency at O Espaço do Tempo in Montemor-O-Novo, Portugal. Financial support by: Arts Council Norway, The Audio and Visual Fund, Swedish Arts Council, City of Stockholm, Municipality of Stockholm. Special thanks to William Hamilton, Lisa Ehlin, Arvida Byström, Jamie Smith, Martina Elm, Daniel Yi Andersson, Confetti
- About Ludvig Daae
Ludvig Daae is a Norwegian choreographer and dancer, educated at the Royal Swedish Ballet School in Stockholm and P.A.R.T.S. in Brussels.
December 2017 Ludvig choreographed the piece Donna Winter for Cullbergbaletten’s appearance at the Nobel Banquet in Stockholm City Hall. He is currently touring his latest pieces Dance To Dance To and HYPERFRUIT. HYPERFRUIT, as well as his new piece The Viral Dance, is a part of his long term project Daae/Nordahl, a collaboration between himself and film maker Joanna Nordahl. Ludvig is also dancing in several shows by other choreographers.
When creating his own work, Ludvig always has an interest in entertainment and popular culture. He feels that dance art can benefit from having a theoretical platform to rest on and develop from, without the performance being weighted by theoretical language. Ludvig’s own works have been presented all over Europe at places like Oslo Opera House (NO), MDT (SE), Vooruit (BE), The Place (GB), Kampnagel (DE), Moderna Museet (SE), InterPlay (IT), Brut (AT), Rencontres chorégraphiques Internationales de Seine-Saint-Denis (FR), GUIdance (PT), Gessnerallee (CH), Kinitiras (GR), Quarter Block Party (IE), Zodiak (FI), Dansens Hus (NO) and Sophiensæle (DE).
- About Joanna Nordahl
Joanna Perez Nordahl is a Swedish award-winning director, dividing her time between London and Stockholm. Her music videos, short films, documentaries and commercials, as well as live performance pieces, have garnered her international recognition both, as a director and a visual artist. In 2016, Joanna received a double Swedish Grammy nomination for Music Video of the Year, and took home the grand prize for writing /directing the short film “Nothing But a Heartbeat”, a collaboration with pop act Say Lou Lou. Between 2013-2015, Joanna initiated and directed One Wish, an eight-episode documentary series for Swedish National Television, SVT.
For several years, Joanna has been also in tight collaboration with Norwegian choreographer Ludvig Daae, creating cinematic and interactive visuals for live performances. Their debut show, the virtual duet “MM” (2011) has toured in eleven countries. In the duo’s latest piece, “HYPERFRUIT” (2015), both Joanna and Ludvig are on stage as performers. The highly visual show deals with the Internet as an emotional tool and necessary evil in intimate communication and long distance relationships. HYPERFRUIT is currently touring internationally to great acclaim.
Joanna’s work has been shown/featured at:
San Francisco International Dance Film Festival, Gothenburg International Film Festival, Moderna Museet, Tempo Documentary Festival, Amnesty International Short Film Festival, Music DOC New York, Novemberfestivalen, TranScreen: Amsterdam Transgender Film Festival, Roygalan, GuiDance Festival, The Place London, Riksteatern Norway, Dansens Hus Oslo, Black Box Oslo, MDT Stockholm, Gessnerallé Zurich, Mousonturm Frankfurt, DanseHaus Di Milano, SVT, Bukowskis, Lunds Konsthall