What the computers saw to adjust the interactivity levels. the blue outlines and white dots registering of movement. Each time movement registers, the counter resets to zero. After 30 seconds without movement on two sides or 60 seconds on one side, the computer triggers a different batch of video to try and encourage the viewers to move around more.

Though it never happened in the performance, if there was no movement for 180 seconds there is ‘screen saver’ where all the screens turn to a fish tank.

dance installation interactions

like someone who wants to be alone with their laughter is a screen dance installation work designed by Ken James to encourage audience physicality while viewing. Through designing a particularly inefficient projection set up and some creative choreographic choices, audiences who wanted to see more of the dance had to make choices about where to be and when to move. This video shows the flow of the audiences over a 20-25 minute period of the work:

performance interactions from ken james on Vimeo.


Like someone who wants to be alone with their laughter

Upcoming works:

Ken James is choreographing and directing a new dance installation project.

Like someone who wants to be alone with their laughter‘ is a digital interactive dance installation consisting of a three-sided room with projections on the inside and outside walls. Dealing with themes of connection and separation, obscurification and clarity, this installation works to engage the audience so that they have a visceral, embodied experience of the work.

12 dance and movement artists from Berlin to San Francisco will participate in the creative work for this piece, plus 6 artists behind the scenes working on sound, sets and video.


more information here

On Display at ISU

Cynthia Adams set up the only Iowa version of On Display. ON DISPLAY is a deconstructed art exhibit/fashion show and commentary on the body as spectacle and society’s obsession with body image. It turns a cast of diverse and extreme bodies into a sculpture court where the performers are the sculptures. ON DISPLAY began as a simple human sculpture court and is now a movement, a growing portfolio of works that explore and demonstrate inclusion through art.

link to On Display main site

Upcoming performances



August Festival Modern Dance Concert

August 19th, 2018. Des Moines, Iowa

Grand View Viking Theatre, 2811 E. 14th Street in Des Moines, on Sunday, Aug. 19 at 2 p.m. Hurley & Dancers includes six dancers from the Des Moines metro area.  Fellow Travelers Performance Group originates from San Francisco and is noted for interdisciplinary, site specific and installation works. Sean Thomas Boyt, originally from Iowa now presents his work in Philadelphia, Washington DC and New York City. Co’Motion Dance Theatre is based in Ames and has traveled the states from Montana to Maryland presenting performances and all-age workshops. Tickets are $20 for adults, $10 for children and may be purchased at the door.


Dumbo Dance Festival


Saturday, October 13th from 4-5:30pm

Warning Signs, choreographed by Ken James. Duet with video.

Sunday, October 14th, 6-7:30

A Woman’s Perspective, choreographed by Cynthia Adams, Duet.