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The Museum of Human Achievement
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Andrea Ariel Dance Theatre presents the premiere of Locked-in a fusion of live original music, dance and Soundpainting exploring our Digital Lives.  Soundpainting is a unique artistic sign language used to compose live and in the moment with directed improvisations of the musicians and dancers.  No two shows are the same!  The evening will open with an art show and 15-minute performance by multimedia artist Yuliya Lanina. Read more below!

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Directions: The Museum of Human Achievement is tucked behind Canopy Austin at 916 Springdale Rd. (between East 7th and Airport Blvd.) You cant see it from the road!  Enter the parking lot at the Canopy Austin entrance on Springdale and drive around to the back of the first building on your left to park. We will have signs up with our poster to help you find us!

Performances are:  
June 21, 22, 23 at 8:00 p.m. Gallery opens at 7:30 p.m.
June 24 at 5 p.m. Gallery opens at 4:30 p.m.
Tickets: $15-$25

AADT's Locked-in explores our relationship to our devices, and how they have changed, advanced and altered our world and our lives. Directed by award-winning choreographer Andrea Ariel, the new performance combines choreographed dance and live compositions of directed improvisations with original music composed by Andy Nolte.

Locked-In was inspired by Ariel's own awareness of how our mobile devices and this digital age are changing our lives physically, emotionally and socially in both positive and negative ways. Ariel says - Over the last year I have been observing people focused in their devices. Do we talk to people out in the world less? Do we miss what is right in front of us, because we are not really present in the actual physical moment in place and time?But on the other side, were connected on such a larger scale than we would have ever thought. It made me think, Are these devices driving my life and am I in tune with myself and nature? As an ensemble we brought together our observations and compiled a list of words that embrace the large magnitude of our experiences in relation to our devices.

The show opens with artist Yuliya Lanina's premiere of This is a Test of the Internal Emergency Broadcast System, a 15-minute multimedia performance. Lanina's animations, sculptures and live movement will be accompanied by original music by Vladimir Ranney, an award-winning Russian avant-garde composer. It explores the mechanized nature of human life and its state of perpetual unrest, all the while poking fun at our fascination with the dark and animalistic parts of the human psyche.

As with the AADT's past productions, such as critically acclaimed The Bowie Project, Locked-in incorporates Soundpainting - a live composing sign language that leads improvised performances for musicians, actors, dancers, visual and media artists. Created in the '70s, Soundpainting uses over 1500 gestures to spontaneously guide, shape and remix material in real time. Now practiced widely across Europe in both professional and educational circles, AADT is the only company in this region working with this form. Because Soundpainting is improvisational in nature, no two shows are ever the same. Nolte's original songs for Locked-in create six palettes that will be deconstructed and remixed in live compositions, weaving set and improvised choreography through the narrative of the songs. The music will be performed by Nolte (vocals, guitar, keys) with Leila Louise Henley (vocals, saxophone, flute), Alan Uribe (bass), and Garry Franklin (drums); with choreography by Ariel created in collaboration with performers Alyson Dolan, Lisa Kobdish, Clay Moore and Angie Johnson. Production design by Stephen Pruitt.

Nolte took inspirations from the ensembles compiled observations to compose evocative songs that include Digital Life (I check in I check out, I can't help it I'm an addict now) to Where are You? (I'm reaching out to you across the great divide) to Locked-in (Got my one stop shop everywhere I go). Ariel says the choreography delves into the dichotomy of interaction and connection and the constant beckoning of our devices that create disruption and disengagement. In one dance, our hands naked of a device become the looking glass into ourselves, our lifelines, evoking sweeping movements that reach out to the space and to each other until being interrupted by the beeps and rings of our phones, Ariel says. Locked-in is very timely, and my hope is that it will engage people in the audience to reflect on their own life changes and stimulate a conversation.

These projects are supported in part by the Cultural Arts Division of the City of Austin Economic Development Department.

About Andrea Ariel & Andrea Ariel Dance Theatre

Andrea Ariel is the Artistic Director of Andrea Ariel Dance Theatre (AADT), based in Austin, Texas, where she produces, choreographs and performs in dance theatre works created in collaboration with artists working in dance, music, theater, multi-media and visual art. In 2017, Ariel and AADT were honored with a special citation from the Austin Critics Table, The Sound and Vision Award, for accomplishments in the realm of dance and a commitment to visionary cross-discipline work. In 2016, Ariel received the Site for Sore Eyes and Ears Award for her invigorating collaborations of dance and music in site-specific performance. Ariel and her collaborators also received twelve nominations and four awards for Lumen (2016), Heart (2014) and The Bowie Project: A Rock and Roll Soundpainting (2014, 2015, 2017), also named #2 of the Top Nine Big Bang Dance Concerts of 2015. Ariel is a certified conductor and educator in Soundpainting and has participated in two International Think Tanks (Milan, Italy and Girona, Spain), representing the City of Austin in Spain as a designated Creative Ambassador in 2014. She has created over 50 original works since first forming the company in 1990. Her work has been presented in Texas, California, South Carolina, Illinois, Arizona, New Mexico and New York and she has been a recipient of numerous grants and commissions including 28 years of funded projects by the City of Austin, Cultural Arts Division. Four times voted Best Choreographer/Dancer by the Austin Chronicle readers poll, her work has previously been honored with two awards and seven nominations from the Austin Critics Table, and two B. Iden Payne Award nominations.

About Yuliya Lanina

Yuliya Lanina is a Russian-born American multimedia artist. Her projects are collaborative in nature and exist at the intersection of visual and performing arts, technological innovation, and social issues like gender perception, sexual objectification, loss, and motherhood. Laninas works have been exhibited in such museums and institutions as the Seoul Art Museum, Korea; Moscow Museum of Modern Art, Russia; Ludwig Museum, Cologne, Germany; Cleveland Institute of Art, OH, Elisabet Ney Museum, Austin, TX and Galapagos Art Center, Brooklyn, NY. Her multimedia works and performances have awarded her invitations to many art fairs, festivals and conferences, as well as to SXSW Interactive (TX);  SIGGRAPH Asia (Japan); SEAMUS (Oregon), 798 Beijing Biennial (China); Seoul International Media Art Biennial (Korea); KunstFilm Bienalle (Germany); Fusebox (TX) and the Creative Tech Week (New York City). Her work has been featured in Brooklyn Rail, Houston Press, Glasstire, Art Review, SightLines, Bloomberg News, Austin-American Statesman, Australian Art Review, ART on, PS 1, Bejing Today and can be found in several national and international private and corporate collections. Revolt Magazine chose Lanina as one of their top ten New York City artists of 2013. Lanina's honors include fellowships and scholarships from Headlands Art Center (CA); Yadoo (NY), Marble House Project (VT), CORE Cultural Funding Program (TX); ArtSprinter (NYC), BluePrint/COJECO (NYC); TEMPO (TX) and an honorable citation from New York State Assembly.  Lanina is Lecturer at the Department of Arts and Entertainment Technologies at The University of Texas at Austin. For more information about her and her work, visit

About Andy Nolte

Andy Nolte is a professional touring keyboardist, guitarist, bassist, singer, and songwriter residing in Austin, Texas. Hailing from Corpus Christi, Texas, he is a self-taught player born into a family full of musicians. His eclectic tastes span many genres as do his musical influences. He has performed with Soul Track Mind, Sweetmeat, Mistress Stephanie & Her Melodic Cat, Foot Patrol, Khali Haat and Mostly Dead and is currently playing with the David Bowie tribute group Super Creeps, Derrick Davis Band and local songwriter Ty Richards. Nolte solo album debut, Tied to a String, will be released this July.

About Vladimir Rannev

Vladimir Rannev  is a composer and a lecturer at the St. Petersburg State Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatory and the St. Petersburg State University.  Rannev is a recipient of a Gartow Stiftung scholarship (Germany, 2002), the winner of the Salvatore Martirano Award of the University Illinois (USA, 2009), Gianni Bergamo Classic Music Award (Switzerland, 2010).  His opera "Two acts" to a libretto by Dmitri A. Prigov was premiered in the Hermitage Museum in November 2012 and took the Grand-Prix of Sergey Kouryohin Prize 2013, the opera "Drillalians" was nominated to the National Theatre Golden Mask Prix 2016. Rannevs' music has been performed in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, the UK, Finland, Japan and the USA by various ensembles, including the Orchestra of the St. Petersburg Conservatory Opera and Ballet Theatre, the Russian State Academic Symphony Orchestra, eNsemble, Studio of  New Music, Moscow Contemporary Music Ensemble, vocal ensemble N'Caged (Russia), ensemble Nostri Temporis (Ukrain), Orkest de Volharding, Amstel Quartet (The Netherlands), ensembles Mosaik, Les Eclats du Son, Integrales, LUX:NM, Clair-obscur, El Perro Andaluz, choirs Singakademie Oberhausen and Cuntus Domus (Germany), UmsJip, KontraTrio, Ensemble Phönix Basel, Ensemble Proton Bern (Switzerland), ensemble NAMES (Austria). Rannev is a member of the StRes (Structure Resistance) group of composers (Russia).


The Museum of Human Achievement (View)
Springdale Rd. behind Canopy Austin
Austin, TX 78702
United States


Arts > Dance
Arts > Performance
Arts > Visual
Music > Experimental

Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


Owner: Andrea Ariel Dance Theatre
On BPT Since: Nov 21, 2016
Andrea Ariel Dance Theatre

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