On Saturday 17 June we invited you to the pilot of our new series The Body &. With each edition, we combine the dance & performance world with another creative scene to give you an insight in this crossdisciplinairy practise and open up new ways of thinking. Our aim is to let dance and movement inspire other disciplines, and visa versa.

This first pilot edition, named The Body & < >, was about movement, live performance and computer language. Artists that are working on the border of choreography and coding talked about and presented their work, with drinks afterwards!

During the day, both dancers/performers and coders could participate in a workshop by Joana Chicau. Check out the program below.

***** WORKSHOP *****

Coding choreographies - Joana Chicau 10:00 - 18:00
Fee: 30 euro (incl. lunch and dinner)

This workshop offers a cross-disciplinary exploration of choreography & (web)code. We create a temporary stage for experimenting with web design tools which follow choreographic methods and thematic concerns. The outcome is a piece of ‘choreographic code' — all participants are invited to contribute to the choreographic code by translating the ideas discussed in the session into html/css/javascript functions or as prototypes developed in other formats.

We will select and create interdisciplinary pairs or groups of different entry levels and expertise. At the end of the day, there is room to present the outcome to your fellow workshops participants.

How to sign up:
Send an email to info@festivalwhynot.nl with your expertise, and we will pair up the 'coders' with the 'dancers'. (full = full)

More info on Joana here:

***** EVENING PROGRAM *****

20:00 - 23:00
Entrance: pay what you want

  • ZYX app - Jodi.org + introduction:
    Art collective and conceptual web-pranksters JODI consists of the Dutch-Belgium internet artists Joan Heemskerk and Dirk Paesmans. The ZYX app was launched at the closing party of NiMK. The project creates a participatory performance by the visitors of the event. Joan Heemskerk will give a short presentation about this project before we will start this interactive performance with our own smartphones.

  • A Web Page in Three Acts - Joana Chicau + introduction:
    Next to her workshop, Joana Chicau herself will perform the piece A Web Page in Three Acts, combining principles of choreography within the formal structures of coding.

  • I-Perform 2.0 - WhyNot i.c.w. Lava Lab & Hackers & Designers:
    Together with the audience, we will test our new participatory performance app that zooms in on the virtual and the physical space between people, their online and offline identity and social encounters. Are you willing to let us come as close to you as Facebook?

  • OBOL LE - Ibelisse Guardia Ferragutti + after talk:
    Inspired by the musical meaning of old woven carpets from Bolivia, this pop-electronic performance group translates sound material via an algorythm into projected carpets as 'graphic scores'. "Using synthesizers and live tape manipulation amongst other instruments and vocals, combined with costume-made algorithmic video projections that respond to the music, this is like improvised jazz gone into jet-setting, shape-shifting hyperdrive" - (Jeremy Young / Soundfly)