For Patricia

  • Dance & performance
  • Free entrance by reservation

90 min.


“For Patricia” is an ode to postmodernism in Dance. “For Patricia”, or for Trisha, is in honor of one of the inventors of postmodernism Trisha Brown (1936-2017) whose choreographic style challenged traditional notions of dance and pushed the boundaries of dance by expanding what movement and choreography meant.
Just like Brown explored choreographic structures such as accumulation, repeating, and reversing, etc., we explore ways in which we can use compositional structures generated through Artificial Intelligence (AI) to organize simple choreographic and sonic patterns. We see AI as providing scaffolding to the piece rather than taking on the role of an interactive scenography. It creates the score that the dancers and musicians perform on stage. Each show is a renewed piece where both dancers and musicians perform a new score that the AI conducts them to perform. These scores are displayed visually on stage for the audience to decipher how the dance and the music unfold while maintaining a sense of ambiguity that provides an aesthetic experience of movement and music for their own sake. The piece is a quartet between two dancers, Sarah Fdili Alaoui and Bartosz Ostrowski, and two musicians, John Sullivan (piano and electronics) and Léo Chédin (drums and electronics).

Choreography: Sarah Fdili Alaoui
Music: John Sullivan
Dancers: Sarah Fdili-Alaoui and Bartek Ostrowski
Musicians: John Sullivan and Léo Chédin
AI Development: John Sullivan, Léo Chédin and Sarah Fdili Alaoui
Research: Corina Cimpoieru

The entrance if free of charge, with reservation of seats in the form available HERE.
*Registration has been closed as the event has reached its maximum number of participants.


Sarah Fdili Alaoui is a researcher, choreographer and dancer of French-Moroccan origin. She is an associate professor at the University of Paris Sud / Paris Saclay in the fields of human-computer interaction, interaction design, dance and technologies. She is a dance artist, choreographer, dancer and Laban movement analyst. She was a researcher at the School of Interactive Arts and Technology at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver. She holds a PhD in Art and Science from Université Paris-Sud 11, IRCAM-Centre Pompidou and LIMSI-CNRS research institutes, an MSc from Université Joseph Fourier and an engineering degree from ENSIMAG in Applied Mathematics and Computer Science, as well as over 30 years of training in ballet and contemporary dance. She completed a Laban Movement Analyst certification at the Laban/Bartienieff Institute for Movement Studies in New York, USA. Sarah has created several art and science projects that integrate technologies into creation, from interactive choreographic works to interactive installations and tools to support choreography and dance archives. Her complete works can be found HERE.

John Sullivan is an interaction designer, researcher and musician. He is currently a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Paris Sud / Paris Saclay, where his research focuses on multimodal interaction design and the development of new technologies for music, dance and multimedia performance. With a background in music performance and human-computer interaction, his work includes user research, participatory design workshops, and collaborations with musicians and performers to better understand and support professional performance practices. In addition, he has conducted research in the areas of live performance motion capture analysis, haptic interaction, and accessible digital musical instrument design. As a musician, John has been part of several indie rock bands in the Northeast. He has released several albums under various names and toured extensively in the U.S., Canada and Europe. John holds a Ph.D. in Music Technology from McGill University and an M.F.A. in Intermedia from the University of Maine.(https://www.johnnyvenom.com)

Bartosz Ostrowski is a choreographer, dancer, performer and actor. Graduate of the Academy of Theatre Arts in Krakow, Department of Dance in Warsaw and PACAP 1&5 at Forum Dança in Lisbon. He is a performer in the international tour “Cezary Goes To War” by Komuna Warszawa, in the works of the Godowska/Krawczyński duet (Art Station Foundation and Cricoteka), as well as in the Portuguese artist Diana Niepce’s creation “Anda, Diana” at TBA Lisbon. Since 2023 she has been part of the cast of Agrupación Señor Serrano’s “Una Isla”. Among others, she has collaborated with João Fiadeiro, Gustavo Ciríaco, Daniel Pizamiglio, João Estevens, kainkollektiv, Cezary Tomaszewski, Magda Szpecht, Wiktor Rubin and Maja Kleczewska. He has participated in numerous workshops and laboratories: at the b12 festival, Impulstanz, CND Pantin and EVC Lisboa. His works are characterized by the coexistence of speech and dance in a direct dialogue with the audience. He is one of the initiators of the artistic research project “Blurrylingualism encounter in between languages” in the fields of choreography and linguistics. Since 2021, he has been developing another research project as an artist-in-residence in the “Nature of us” programme at the Workshop Foundation Budapest. (https://ostrowskibartosz.com)

Léo Chédinis a PhD student at LISN, University of Paris-Saclay, where he works at the intersection of artistic practices (music, dance and digital art) and human-machine interaction. He is a musician and percussionist, creating soundtracks for theatre and installations, frequently using field recordings and spatial audio. Léo holds a degree in electrical engineering from ENS Paris-Saclay, where he also participated in a research-creation program, and a master’s degree in music technology from IRCAM and Sorbonne University.

Main media partner
Guerrilla Radio

Media partners
Agerpress, Elle, Happ.ro, Liternet, Radio România Cultural, Revista Arta, The Institute, Zile și nopți, Zeppelin, Iscoada

The presentation is the result of the MODINA residency. The Movement, Digital Intelligence and Interactive Audiences (MODINA) project aims to expand the creative possibilities of contemporary dance performance and enhance audience experience with digital technology – with a focus on exploring artificial intelligence (AI) and audience interaction, on-site and online. The project partners are 3 academic institutions and 5 dance centres from 6 countries.
The MODINA project is co-funded by the European Union through the Creative Europe programme. The views and opinions expressed are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect those of the European Union or the Education and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA). Neither the European Union nor the funding authority can be held responsible for them.

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