parachute dance

Photo Credit: Dennis Conrow

Parachute Dance – Sharlene Leurig & Thomas Deuel

At MEGAPOLIS, Parachute Dance created the conditions for participants to discover ecstatic dance and spontaneous performance. Parachute Dance transforms the child’s parachute – a circular cloth used for collaborative play in gymnasiums throughout America – into an interactive performance space in which participants modify music by manipulating the parachute, thereby becoming choreographers, composers and performers. A network of sensors imbedded in the parachute measures the parachute’s shape, and those measurements are used to modulate the accompanying music. The music itself is a constant driving force, composed of train sounds from the Northeast Corridor as the underlying percussion and with found sounds and field recordings filling out melodic and harmonic components.

Interviews recorded around the parachute: