Online Dance/Music Performance Workshop
presented by the Third Space Network &
the Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company
Thursday, July 15th, 6pm EDT


Charles Lane, Tenor & Daniel Charon, Dancer/Choreographer

Third Space Network (3SN) and the Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company present Black|White, an online dance/music performance workshop on Thursday, July 15th, 6pm EDT. The workshop showcases Los Angeles tenor and performance artist Charles Lane, along with dancer/choreographer Daniel Charon, artistic director of the Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company in Salt Lake City. The two artists, performing live from their home studios, will be united live & online in the Deep Third Space Performance Lab. The work is a creation of 3SN Artistic Director Randall Packer in collaboration with Multimedia Designer Gregory Kuhn, Daniel Charon, and Charles Lane.

Black|White is a response to the crises of pandemic isolation and racial polarization in the aftermath of Covid-19 and the murder of George Floyd. The work situates two men: one Black, one White, one a singer, the other a dancer, two individuals who must negotiate distant worlds, distant neighborhoods, distant lives, and different skin, a reconciliation through the language of image, music, rhythm, collage, and movement, co-mingled in the immaterial space of the Network.

NOTE: WE INVITE ALL DANCERS, MUSICIANS, ACTORS, AND OTHER ARTISTS & PERFORMERS TO JOIN US IN OPEN DIALOGUE ABOUT THE PROCESS, TOOLS, METHODS, AND POSSIBILITIES OF ONLINE PERFORMANCE.

Deep Third Space Performance Lab

Charles Lane, Daniel Charon: rehearsal for Black|White

Black|White is a project of the Deep Third Space Performance Lab, the culmination of ten years of research and development conducted by 3SN Creative Director Randall Packer in his Underground Studio Bunker in Washington, DC. While many complain of Zoom fatigue, the Third Space Network has been busy designing an online platform that encourages social engagement, supports online activism and experimentation, and serves as a theatrical venue for the invention of new forms of online performance art.

Working with an international team of artists, technologists, universities, and tech companies, the Deep Third Space Performance Lab is designed to situate remote actors, dancers, and musicians in virtual sets, compositing their live movement, voices, and actions in otherworldly environments. According to Packer, “3SN stands by the message, that the network is not a substitute for theatre, rather, it is its own creative medium to be mined to its fullest potential.”

The Artists

Randall Packer: Artist/Composer

Randall Packer is an artist, composer, and educator, internationally known for his pioneering work at the intersection of electronic music, interactive media, live performance, and networked art. He has received critical acclaim for my socially and politically infused critique of media culture, performed and exhibited at museums, theaters, and festivals around the world. Packer is Creative Director of the Third Space Network (3SN), and the creator of the Deep Third Space Lab in his underground studio bunker in Washington, DC.

Daniel Charon: Dancer/Choreographer

Artistic Director of Salt Lake City’s Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company since 2013, Daniel Charon has been active as a choreographer, teacher, and performer for over twenty-five years. While based in New York City, Daniel maintained a project-based company and primarily danced with Doug Varone and Dancers (1999-2010) and the Limón Dance Company (1997-1999). He is a BFA graduate of the North Carolina School of the Arts and an MFA graduate of the California Institute of the Arts in Choreography and Integrated Media.

Gregory Kuhn: Multimedia Designer

Gregory T. Kuhn is a multidisciplinary artist and production expert who excels at transforming creative concepts into ground-breaking new works. He contributes production, composition, sound and visual design to diverse projects in opera, theater, dance, multimedia, contemporary music, and installation and interactive media arts. With over 85 world premieres to his credit, awards include an Isadora Duncan for S.F. Ballet’s Ballet Mori and a Lucille Lortel for Rinde Eckert’s Horizon.

Charles Lane: Tenor/Performance Artist

Charles Lane is a native of Los Angeles and a resident of downtown LA. As a versatile musician and performance artist, he has spent his career traveling across the boundaries of opera, concert and choral music, cabaret, experimental music, and performance art. For more than 25 years, he has sung in over 100 productions with the Los Angeles Opera Chorus, working with some of the worlds most renowned conductors, theatre directors, and operatic stars, and has toured around the world with the Los Angeles Chorale and the LA Philharmonic under the direction of Maestro Gustavo Dudamel.

Ririe-Woodbury (Rī-rē Woŏd-bûr-ē) Dance Company

Shift, choreographed by Daniel Charon

Ririe-Woodbury (Rī-rē Woŏd-bûr-ē) Dance Company is Utah’s most established institution for contemporary dance. The Company actively embraces and commissions the work of contemporary choreographers, tours worldwide, and develops dynamic education and community outreach programming.

Under the direction of Executive Director Jena Woodbury, Artistic Director Daniel Charon, and Education Director Ai Fujii Nelson, Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company is committed to building upon the vision of its founders as it continues to evolve as an important voice for innovation in contemporary dance and dance education.

Credits

3SN is supported by the DC Commission on the Arts & Humanities, the Crowdcast Equality program, University of Brighton/School of Art, the UK Arts & Humanities Research Council, and friends of the Third Space Network. Third Space Network is a project of Zakros InterArts.

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