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A nightmare with spiritual undertones, Spitting Ether enters a subconscious mind in transitional phases of life, death, and afterlife.

Spitting Ether: A Reality Bending Dance

NobleMotion Dance, one of Houston’s hottest companies, seeks financial support for the realization of a new evening length work, Spitting Ether: A Reality Bending Dance. A nightmare with spiritual undertones, Spitting Ether is a haunting work that enters a subconscious mind in transitional phases of life, death, and afterlife. This evening features collaborations with designer, David J Deveau. Co-Artistic Directors Andy Noble and Dionne Sparkman Noble have worked closely with Deveau to create a dream that merges technology and dance in evocative and innovative ways. This World Premier evening is slated to be performed in Houston and in part at the Ailey Theater in New York City.         

Photo by: Lynn Lane

A word from Andy Noble:

“I have always been fascinated with emerging technologies and how dance is going to infuse itself into the 21st century in a relevant way. What I love to do is take a group of technical dancers and immerse them in a brand new world where we discover and create together using technology as a jumping off point. Finding the proper balance between the effect and the dance in ways that the two merge to create a cohesive experience is a must.”

Photo by: Lynn Lane

Dance & Technology

Spitting Ether blends projection design with dance resulting in several very different effects. One completed section, Lorelei’s whisper (see photo above) uses the simplicity of a single projector as a light source in a sea of fog. The effect creates walls of light that the dancers magically pass through, appearing and disappearing like beautiful wraiths. In another section, Landing Light (see photo below), a video camera captures a dancer’s movement in real time and projects the footage back onto the dancer creating a lingering replica of the soul. This out of body experience questions the perception of reality.

Photo by: Lynn Lane

A word from David J Deveau

"NobleMotion Dance entertains a unique rehearsal process. We get into the space, set up the technology, and just start playing. We have realized that some of the most interesting things we create are often inspired by what we discover in the moment. The real key for us is to create inside of the technology.  Something I appreciate is the spirit of collaboration and the free exchange of ideas between myself and the Nobles."

Technology = Expensive

Working with technology is expensive. Touring with it is even more expensive! We plan to start the tour in Houston in September, take a portion of it to the Alvin Ailey Theater in NY in October, and then return it to Texas for one more performance in February. In order for this to happen we need your support! Donations received for Spitting Ether will go towards purchasing technological equipment, payment of dancers, rent of a performance venue in TX and tour expenses to NY. No donation is too small or unappreciated. 

"We wish to thank you for your interest in our company and this exciting project. Please consider assisting us in our goal to support talented dancers and produce quality, thought-provoking work for the city of Houston and beyond." - Dionne Sparkman Noble

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