Mar 23

MeMoSa: COMMIT! by Artist in Residence Kate Ladenheim

Movement Lab, Milstein Center, LL020
top view of a grid of avatars falling with their limbs akimbo

RSVP Required

COMMIT! is an interactive performance installation. Artist in Residence, Kate Ladenheim, falls repeatedly, while gathering audience feedback about whether her falls look committed enough. She then works to respond to that feedback, editing her falls to find the most committed expression. Throughout the performance, she uses motion capture as an attempt to correlate the mathematical positioning of her body to exemplary performances of commitment. The motion capture data also feeds into a real-time projected visual. As the performer falls and her exhaustion increases, the projected bodies become increasingly glitchy and distorted. This highlights the disparity between performance efforts towards maintaining excellence even amidst exhaustion and repetition, and the actual effects this has on the body. 

MeMoSa begins 7pm

Capacity in the lab is capped at 35 audience members. Attendees who have RSVP'd before the event will have priority, and admission will be determined on a first come first serve basis on arrival. If you RSVP before the event but you arrive late, we reserve the right to give your spot to someone on the waitlist. 

Attendees who have not RSVP'd will be put on a standby waitlist if they arrive in-person before the event.

Please also check out Kate Ladenheim's Installation open Monday, March 20th through Friday, March 24th from 2:30-7:00pm


Headshot of Kate Laudenhiem with shoulders turned mostly to the side, in black and white

Kate Ladenheim is a choreographer, media designer, and creative technologist. Her work spans interactive installations, media design, performance and robotics. She researches bodies in motion and how they impact and are impacted by systems of social and technological pressure.

Ladenheim holds an M.F.A. in Media Design Practices from ArtCenter College of Design. She has conducted research in motion interfaces for robotics design at U.C.L.A., and was the 2019-2020 Artist in Residence at the Robotics, Automation, & Dance Lab at the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana. Her artistic projects have been presented internationally, including at The Invisible Dog, National Sawdust, GrizzlyGrizzly, Brown University, Joe’s Pub at The Public Theater, The Edinburgh Fringe Festival, and The Performance Arcade (New Zealand). Her work has been celebrated in Dance Magazine as one of their “25 to Watch” and “Best of 2018.” Ladenheim is currently the Associate Artist-in-Residence at the Maya Brin Institute for New Performance, a faculty position at the University of Maryland in Theater, Dance and Performance Studies.