Audio Ballerinas at the ZERO1 Opening Ceremony

by Patrick Lydon

As the sun inched down, and shadows inched across the plaza and up the glass and metal rotunda at San Jose’s City Hall, a chorus of metallic scraping sounds bounced around and through the crowd.

The sounds were the beginnings of “Audio Ballerinas”, a Ballet San Jose / Benoit Maubrey/ Audio Gruppe co-operative project, the initial movement of which snaked its way through the crowd, making use of metal rakes connected to speaker-laden tutus.

ZERO1 opening “Audio Ballerinas” photo credit Patrick Lydon

Later in the ballet performance, light-sensitive instruments were used to track the movements of the ballerinas as they performed choreographed dances. Following the intriguing yet solemn and often eerie Audio Ballet, a considerably more lively San Jose Taiko returned focus to the stage area, playing their own brand of past/present/future taiko-drum based music.

ZERO1 Opening:  “Audio Ballerinas”, a Ballet San Jose / Benoit Maubrey/ Audio Gruppe co-operative project. Photo credit: Patrick Lydon

The opening ceremony ended with the unveiling of “Plug-in-Play” by Rockwell Group LAB. This interactive installation encourages the public to experiment and play with interactive items which influence the outcome of an 18-story image projected onto the city hall building. Plug-in Play will be featured as part of ZERO1 every evening through October 20.

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