22nd October 2020

Glitch Giselle


Glitch / Giselle Premiere - 22nd October 2020, 4pm

Whats On

South East Dance present the premiere of their latest commission Glitch/Giselle as part of their Autumn 2020 programme of digital dance.

Glitch/Giselle is the inaugural work by newly formed Glitch Projects: a collaboration between film-maker-choreographer Marisa Zanotti; artist-designer, Grant Cieciura; specialist digital producer, Alex Morrison and his colleagues at digital media agency Cogapp.

About the work

Sometimes described as the dance equivalent of Hamlet because of the emotional journey and technical challenges that meet the dancer playing the heroine, the ballet Giselle has been performed continuously since its première in Paris in June 1841.

is a multidisciplinary research project where choreography and technology meet history and philosophy. Responding to the ballet, digging deep into the archives, reading widely and interviewing notable dance scholars, Glitch Projects has created a series of original films and a digital tarot deck, which together provide a way of travelling in time and space to look back to the origins of Giselle in myth and forward to its potential futures.

Creative team

Glitch/Giselle is the product of a collaboration between an unusual team, including dancers, scholars, a composer, a film maker/choreographer, and various design, digital and cultural specialists, united in a shared mission: to uncover, and then to celebrate, the reasons why Giselle has been so enduringly addictive over nearly two centuries.

Marisa Zanotti says: “I love exploring how choreographic practice might expand existing ways of working with technologies and vice versa. In Glitch/Giselle the tarot card system driving the project was developed over 18 months. It’s a kind of meeting between my early experiments with a website as a choreographic space with The Pan’s People Papers, Alex’s experience as a digital producer and Grant’s love of interactive design. We’re trying to open up visual and virtual spaces in unexpected ways.”

If you’re curious to find out more about this extensive research project, South East Dance are premiering the work and hosting an online discussion event with the Glitch Projects team at 4pm on October 22nd, 2020. See the What’s On page here for further details and booking. 

To explore the progress of this extraordinary project, follow Glitch Projects @GlitchProjects.

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22nd October 2020