Imagine, Engage, Connect
NimbusPRESENTS: OFFLINE Imagine, Engage, Connect (2018), a curated performance by Nimbus Dance Works.
For this cycle of OFFLINE, we are asked to ponder and expand the parameters of how an existing piece or new work-in-progress can engage in using imagination, enliven global perspective of dance as an art form and connect to a varied audience of dance and non-dance audience members.
‘Maria has logged off’ is a commentary reflecting on our current era of social media. The theme of the piece, identity vs. conformity, magnifies an unnatural aspect of social networking through the use of electronic devices. There is something impersonal about the way we communicate today. The mere fact that we can appear or go offline whenever we like makes us impassive. What if we (humans) could just ‘log off’?
What are these online networks or 'Imagined Communities' all about?
* "Imagined communities" is a concept coined by Benedict Anderson. It is the belief that a nation is a community socially constructed, imagined by the people who perceive themselves as part of that group.