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2 performance was "The Machine Meeting Its Reflection".
The phrase, "the machine meeting its reflection"
is about the recurring image of the airplanes crashing
into the World Trade Center...its reflection in the
windows...the plane seeing / meeting its own reflection...and
more than this...it refers to the reflection of technology,
the disaster and the power of technology bouncing back
on us and effecting us. The accompanying video to the
performance, consisted of of short animation
sequences that originated with video clips of the
dancers taken in rehearsal. Computer graphics techniques
transformed these clips, creating imagistic animations
where the movement of the dancers intertwines with shifting
shapes and colors abstracted from a series of national
flags. There are 88 flags, symbolizing the 88 countries
that lost citizens in the September 11 tragedy. The
image processing includes a technique called "displacement
mapping" where a dancer becomes the force field
that distorts the flag; the warping and twisting is
based on the dancer's movement.