This summer, Stacy Dawson Stearns (Monday Night Class at Pieter Curator and Pieter community member) and Jonathon Stearns (digital media creator) conducted experiments with some of the Pieter instructors to see if it might be possible to share the wonderful teaching scenarios that happen at Pieter PASD with a larger community through online video platforms.
The instructors (Michelle Sui, Nicholas Duran, Devika Wickremesinghe, and Anastasia Baratta) conducted free classes so they could be filmed within the teaching moment with learner/participants in order to discover meaningful, effective ways to offer somatically-based teachings through video formats.
Stacy and Jonathon would like to share their research with the Pieter community at large for feedback and conversation. Their motivating questions are:
-Can 360 (VR) technology be an effective tool in transmitting body-based learning?
-Is it possible to capture the phenomenal experience of body-based classes via video in order to share it with people who are not able to participate in similar live situations for a variety of reasons (economic, geographic, accessibility)?
-Is it possible to authentically teach and learn while being filmed?
-Can we find creative ways to support and sustain teachers by broadening the scope and range of their practices and by providing them with alternate venues of instruction (in this case- online)?
-How can somatic practices be expanded beyond semi-privileged spaces?
Stacy Dawson Stearns is a Bessie Award-winning dance theater artist and educator. She curates Monday Night Class at Pieter and dreams of better living through art practice. Happy highlights: recently dancing with the Sunland Dancers in Solid, Like a Rock by Jmy James Kidd and Tara Jane O’Neil at the REDCAT NOW Festival, and now looking forward to making an NYC comeback with Big Dance Theater as Kreon in Ann Carson’s Antigonick at the Abrons Art Center in NYC in November 2018. She loves being in the studio with people who are moving and thinking together for the betterment of human potential. Stacy teaches Viewpoints at CalState LA and is writing a book about performance making, creative tools, and flipping the script.
Jonathon Stearns is a Los Angeles based film maker and multimedia designer. He founded Channel B4 in 2001 and has generated a large body of work as an animator, director, theater video designer and documentarian. In collaboration with Stacy Dawson Stearns, he produced and directed live action and animated sequences for LOVE GASOLINE!, which debuted at the 2017 REDCAT NOW Festival and won critical acclaim at the 2017 Edinburgh Fringe. Currently, he is completing a live action/animated hybrid short film titled I Don’t Think You’re Shallow featuring members of the Poor Dog Group, and is actively experimenting in 360/VR applications.