When Your Dance Is Controlled by Your Phone

John Cage Meets “A Chorus Line” You think social media is pervasive now?  Explore what happens when the exchange of knowledge, ideas, words, and emotions in social media is transformed into live interactions. In this dance performance at Emerge 2014 called “The Still,” see what happens when the desires for both privacy and anonymity combine with an appetite to be noticed and to maintain and develop relationships. In the piece, seven dancers stand in a ring, blind to the physical presence of the others in their space. They move when triggered by their cellphones vibrating from randomly selected contact on their social media friend list. The work is created by Julie Akerly of the School of Film, Dance and Theatre at ASU’s Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts.