Adjunct Assistant Professor of Dance Tiffanie Carson, M.F.A., performed in a livestream event with Mike Esperanza’s BARE Dance Company on Friday, May 7.
“Surveillance2.0” is a voyeuristic experience unpacking the tension around privacy issues highlighted by pandemic life. BARE Dance Company’s completely live production brought new meaning to immersive performance, creatively using multiple feeds — and even a drone camera — in the theatre at the Borough of Manhattan Community College (BMCC) Tribeca Performing Arts Center. Cinematic in scope with free-moving cameras wielded by the performers, “Surveillance2.0” was inspired by the increased scrutiny of personal spaces during quarantine prompted by platforms like Zoom.
With performances at 6 p.m. and 7 p.m., each presentation was unique due to real-time mixing of visual and audio feeds handled by director Esperanza and streamed to YouTube Live. The 7 p.m. livestream was followed by a brief Q&A with the artists.
BARE Dance Company’s residency at BMCC Tribeca Performing Arts Center is part of the CUNY Dance Initiative (CDI), which receives major support from the Mertz Gilmore Foundation and Howard Gilman Foundation. Additional support is provided by the Jerome Robbins Foundation, SHS Foundation, Harkness Foundation for Dance, and an award from the National Endowment for the Arts. CDI is part of Dance/NYC’s New York City Dance Rehearsal Space Subsidy Program, made possible by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. CDI is spearheaded by the Kupferberg Center for the Arts at Queens College. Visit www.cuny.edu/danceinitiative to learn more.