Solo Performance by Gemma Crowe at this year’s Cascadia Dance and Cinema Festival.
Depending on live-video feedback, projections and the resulting theatrics to exist, ersatz is a modern duet between dance and video.
Out of playful experimentation arises a certain abstracted social commentary. The ghostly image of perpetual imitators as followers brings up notions of narcissism and a false sense of community like a battalion of copies. Using speed and mounting complexity the individual attempts to escape eternal replication against a swaying, twisting backdrop of kaleidoscoped dancers.
Choreographer/ Dancer: Gemma Crowe // Live-Video Collaborator: Matt Richmond // Music: “The Only Shrine I’ve Seen” by Darkside