Cameron McKinney + Cayla Mae Simpson – Dance Multimedia Installation

Year: 2021-2022
DanceForce Member: D. Chase Angier
Artists: Cameron McKinney, Cayla Mae Simpson
Community Partners: Alfred University Dance Department; Alfred University Expanded Media Department; Alfred University Institute of Electronic Arts; Alfred University Performing Arts Division; Alfred University School of Art and Design; Alfred University Student Diversity and Inclusion Office; Fosdick Nelson Art Gallery; Marlin Miller Dance Residency Program
Audience: 465
County: Allegany

TOKIMEKI BLUE
Created by Cameron McKinney + Cayla Mae Simpson
Multimedia dance installation in the Fosdick-Nelson Gallery at Alfred University
Sept 10 – Oct 11, 2021

After the successful creation of On the Rise: Young Choreographers of Color curated by Cameron McKinney and created with five choreographers and film maker Cayla Mae Simpson, we are proposing a new project TOKIMEKI BLUE that further explores the collaborative creative work of McKinney and Simpson.

Project Description:
TOKIMEKI BLUE (working title) is an installation that integrates contemporary dance and film. Inspired in part by the Japanese onomatopoeia tokimeki, which describes the sound a fluttering heart makes as it discovers love, the work offers onlookers an escape from the overbearance of their individual realities by inviting them into an alternate, colorless world. Through choreographer Cameron McKinney’s idiosyncratic mix of contemporary floorwork, streetdance-influenced movements, and vibrant visuals by filmmaker Cayla Simpson, the protagonist’s unexpected journey of self-discovery becomes a catalyst for vivid distortions that leave his world forever changed. Without knowing where this community will be in regards to Covid, this work will be created using projections of dance and dancers on varying surfaces. In final form with projections the effect will be an immersive experience for the live audience. The viewing venue will adhere to the Covid protocols that are in place during the Fall of 2021.

There will be a virtual Artists talk given by McKinney and Simpson as well as two virtual classes – one by McKinney and one by Simpson or two classes co-taught by both (this decision will be left up to the artists). McKinney and Simpson will conduct a 1-week onsite summer residency dependent on funding and Covid travel restrictions.

This NYSCA/DanceForce Project will partner with the Fosdick Nelson Art Gallery, The Alfred University School of Art and Design + The Performing Arts Division, The Marlin Miller Dance Residency Program, and the Institute for Electronic Arts.

This programming builds on the relationship that McKinney and Simpson started with our Western NY community this past year. Our community was inspired by their work and can now further witness McKinney + Simpson’s development as talented early career artists. The creative experiment of shifting from the stage, to film, and now to a multimedia dance installation, creates a process and product that excites both the audience and the artists. The community and the artists will be transformed together.

This exhibition will be open to the public during gallery hours for a month. Who the public is will be determined by Covid restrictions at the time. The amount of people able to attend could range from 300 – 900 depending on the Covid restrictions.