Crash Dance is a collaboration between the National Advanced Driving Simulator and the UI Dance Department. The performance will investigate the "parameters and rules" that engineers use for designing automated cars and apply those concepts to dance making through the use of "choreographic thinking." The work is not demonstrative, in that the dance is not illustrating what automated cars do on the road. Instead, drawing upon the design codes and information used to build automated cars, the performance will, through the choreographic, illustrate how those ideas might be shown, shared, and evaluated. The dance work will be a true collaboration involving engineering students in every aspect of the dance (construction of the set, special lights, music, and research visits).
The performance will include a talkback after the dance about the creation process. This will be given by collaborators Dr. Christopher-Rasheem McMillan and Dr. Daniel McGehee, as well as the dancers and engineers. Additionally, a lecture is anticipated during the creation of the piece.
Free and open to the public.
Hosted by the College of Engineering, the National Advanced Driving Simulator, and the Department of Dance, with support from the Obermann Center for Advanced Studies, and UI Office of the Vice President for Research, and the Virginia A. Myers NEXUS of Engineering and the Arts.