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.


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.

ISU student work, Fall 2017

A Good Night For Ghosts was created on the Iowa State University Orchesis I Dance Company in the Fall of 2017 and performed in February 2018.

I want to say that it was a pleasure working with these dancers. They put a lot of hard work, creativity and themselves into this piece. The video is lovely, but does not do them justice in the level of performance, skill and professionalism of these performances.


Cynthia Adams Excerpts

Who is Cynthia Adams the choreographer?

Cynthia has been choreographing and performing in modern and contemporary dance for over 30 years. Her time in Berlin, New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco has influenced her thinking and work in style and content.  Creating a multi layered, idea based style, Cynthia heavily combines vocal and text elements to her work as well as music elements and video.

Cynthia Adams excerpts video from ken james on Vimeo.

Currently faculty at Iowa State University, and lives in Des Moines, Iowa with her husband (and co-artistic director), son, and old hound dog.

And now a biography of Cynthia Adams

Cynthia Adams, MA, RYT500, ACSM

Cynthia Adams joined the ISU dance faculty in the Fall of 2010. Ms. Adams holds a M.A. in Choreography/Performance from the University of California, Los Angeles and a B.A. in Pre-Dance Therapy from New York University in New York City. Ms. Adams has taught as a guest artist at Mills College, the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Cabrillo College, the University of California at Berkeley, and San Jose State University, as well as in numerous studios teaching ongoing classes and workshops in dance and somatic practices.

At ISU, Cynthia teaches all levels of modern, ballet, yoga, dance composition and dance history. As the advisor for the student organization, Orchesis 1, she teaches company class, books guest artists, choreographs, and serves as the artistic director for Barjche, held in Fisher Auditorium in February.

Ms. Adams began performing her solo and group work in N.Y.C. in 1981. Her choreographic, film and video/dance works have since been seen across the country, Canada and Germany. In 1992 she formed Fellow Travelers Performance Group (, a dance theater company in the San Francisco Bay Area with Ken James. Over the years FTPG has received numerous grants and awards in addition to performing in many curated festivals in California, Vancover, BC, Wisconsin and Iowa.