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- Margarita Bali is participating in the Creative Fellowships Initiative in partnership with the Department of Dance.
Margarita Bali is a choreographer, video dance and video-installation artist and teacher. Together with Susana Tambutti, she has co-directed the Argentine contemporary dance company Nucleodanza for twenty-five years, and toured her choreographic work in over 100 venues in Europe, North and South America, India, Korea and Australia. In the last fifteen years she has concentrated her interests in the production of multimedia and interactive works, site-specific architectural video performances and sculptural video installations for museums, galleries and alternative performance spaces.
Born in Argentina, Bali attended the University of Buenos Aries departments of Physics and Biology, and transferred to USA graduating with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Biological Sciences from the University of California at Berkeley. She continued her education in other fields with studies in contemporary dance, choreography, design, sculpture, interactive technologies, video filming and edition in institutions in USA and Argentina such as: University of Washington, Dance Theatre Seattle, Ballet del Teatro San Martin, The Factory of Visual Arts in Seattle, Rodolfo Hermida Video School, and many video, dance interactive and telematics workshops including Hypermedia Lab in Buenos Aires, Arizona State University Dance and Technology seminars, Dance Forum Monaco and Nottingham Digital Cultures Lab.
ABOUT THE PROJECT
The main project I will be working on during my residence is a new videodance on the subject of bodies on stairs inspired by the amount of challenging stairs in Seattle. I hope to guide my work in close resonance with M. C. Escher´s work–to play around some of his ideas about puzzling perspectives and infinity patterns. In a more literary vein, I find particularly applicable Argentine writer Julio Cortazar´s short stories Instructions on how to climb a stair, and the more poetic and philosophical counterpart Instructions on how to climb a stair backwards. Also, I will consider how staircases, beyond their practical architectural function, have in many civilizations represented power, status, a climb for knowledge, and also a more spiritual reaching for the gods. However, I will need to confront reality–the campus staircases in the many libraries, spiral stairs, ramps, stairs in the green outdoors, the sleek escalators at the downtown Seattle Public Library, that is, the old and the new, the past and the present, humans climbing, competing, going higher, achieving...and coming down.
I will work with dancers and artists from the UW departments and the final video will be premiered at the end of my residency accompanied by a site specific video installation in the Meany Hall Foyer that has been adapted from works related to the ocean (El Acuario Electrónico), dancers in galaxies (Homo Ludens Espacial),and human birds (Vuelo Rasante).
ESCALERAS SIN FIN (STAIR/CASES)
Directed by Margarita Bali
Created as part of the University of Washington's Creative Fellowships Initiative,
funded by a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation