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November Dances 

When: Nov. 11-12, 8 p.m. 2011
Phone: 919-660-3354
Price: $8-15

Collaborations can be a catalyst for performing artists. When choreographers encounter a technology previously unknown to them, or hear in a composer's work the beginnings of a conversation, the results prove the adage: New relationships create new meanings. November Dances, the fall faculty and student concert from Duke's Dance Program, explores the first fruits of several such collaborations. Thomas DeFrantz, a recent hire from MIT, has spent years investigating the possibilities of embedding new technologies in performance. In his first work at Duke, imnewhere, sound designer Kenneth Stewart feeds live video from a 3-D camera (created for the Xbox 360) into a software application. The result will track the performers in real time and manipulate sounds in response to their movements.

Though the phrase "This Is What I Heard" is the conventional opening for a number of Buddhist sutras, the title takes on added dimensions in choreographer Andrea Woods' new work. Woods collaborated with jazz composer Randy Weston, who has lectured and performed locally after Duke University Press published his autobiography last year. The 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday performances also feature new works by faculty members Ava LaVonne Vinesett and Tyler Walters, plus student Monica Hogan. —Byron Woods

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