Providence’s own
new media dance troupe

About the company

Lostwax makes multi-media dance works, exploring the dramatic relationship of live performers to the saturated image-world of digital culture and the human imagination. The interplay of inner and outer landscapes is reflected in electronic as well as environmental forms of ritual and digital media, and in the dialectic which emerges at the intersection of living bodies and cinematic habits of viewing.

Artistic Director Dr. Jamie Jewett is a choreographer, filmmaker, and new media artist. He creates hardware and software systems for use in live performance. He is an Associate Arts Professor of Dance and New Media at NYU/Tisch. Previously he was the Director of Dance at the College of Morris in NJ and a Professor in the Masters program in Sound, Image, and the Body at E.M.A. Fructidor in France. Jamie holds a PhD in New Media and Performance from Brown University as well as an MFA in Choreography and Technology from the Ohio State University. Recent works have been seen at the New Genre Festival (OK), Ringling Museum (FL), Here (NYC), Danspace (NYC), the Atlas Institute (CO), Boston Cyberarts (MA), and FirstWorks (RI) as well as London, Amsterdam, Dijon, and Vancouver. Dr. Jewett has been awarded multiple fellowships, commissions, and grants including being named the 2012 State of Rhode Island Choreographic Fellow. Dr. Jewett has been an artist in residence at HERE Center for the Arts in New York, at STEIM in Amsterdam, and at Perishable Theater in Providence, RI. Lostwax has been voted the best dance company in Rhode Island by readers of the Providence Phoenix.

Co-Creators
R. Luke DuBois is a composer, artist, and performer who explores the temporal, verbal, and visual structures of cultural and personal ephemera. He holds a doctorate in music composition from Columbia University, and has lectured and taught worldwide on interactive sound and video performance. He has collaborated on interactive performance, installation, and music production work with many artists and organizations including Toni Dove, Matthew Ritchie, Todd Reynolds, Michael Joaquin Grey, Elliott Sharp, Michael Gordon, Bang on a Can, Engine27, Harvestworks, and LEMUR, and was the director of the Princeton Laptop Orchestra for its 2007 season. An active visual and musical collaborator, DuBois is the co-author of Jitter, a software suite for the real-time manipulation of matrix data. He appears on nearly twenty-five albums both individually and as part of the avant-garde electronic group The Freight Elevator Quartet. DuBois has lived for the last fifteen years in New York City. He is the director of the Brooklyn Experimental Media Center at NYU’s Polytechnic Institute. His records are available on Caipirinha/Sire, Liquid Sky, C74, and Cantaloupe Music. His artwork is represented by bitforms gallery in New York City.

Elise Morrison received her PhD in Theater and Performance Studies at Brown University in 2011. Currently a Mellon Postdoctoral fellow in Interdisciplinary Performance Studies at Yale University, she writes and teaches about surveillance technologies and their theatrical uses in art-making and everyday life. She has published in the International Journal of Performance Arts and Digital Media, TDR, and Theater Magazine, as well as in several edited volumes. Her book, Discipline and Desire: Surveillance technologies in performance is under contract with University of Michigan Press. As a performing artist, Elise has created a number of surveillance art pieces for performance in Providence, Boston, and New York; in addition to Zoologic, she has been developing Through the Looking Glass: A Surveillance Cabaret

Author Thalia Field’s books include Bird Lovers, Backyard (New Directions, 2010), A Prank of Georges (Essay Press, 2010), Ululu (Clown Shrapnel) (Coffee House Press, 2007), Incarnate:Story Material (New Directions, 2004), and Point and Line (New Directions, 2000). The recipient of an NEA Commission/Development grant for her opera, The Pompeii Exhibit, Thalia has worked on several collaborations with composers and interdisciplinary artists, and edited a special issue of Conjunctions on experimental music-theater and dance “scores/texts”. Thalia has two books forthcoming: Experimental Animals (Solid Objects,2016) and Leave to Remain, her second collaboration with Abigail Lang. Thalia is a professor in the Literary arts department at Brown University.

PERFORMANCE

ZOOLOGIC WORLD PREMIERE
From ‘panda cams’, to electronic tagging, to selfies, snapchat, and drones, Lostwax Multimedia Dance applies their techno arts wizardry to author Thalia Field’s contemporary love story.
RISD Auditorium – April 10-12, 2015

Jamie Jewett and R. Luke Dubois

PERFORMANCE HISTORY

Particular
October 26-28, 2012
RISD Auditorium

Seven Veils
November 10-13, 2011
Perishable Theater

Blinking
October 14-16, 2010
Pell-Chafee Performance Center

Melt
2007