False Testimony (2006)
  • Title: False Testimony (2006)
  • Alternate Title: Falso testimonio (2006)
  • Holdings: photo gallery
  • Duration: 00:04:59
  • Language: English, Spanish
  • Date: 2006
  • Location: Painted Bride Theater, Philadelphia.
  • Type-Format: dance
  • Cast: Dancers: Megan Mazarick, Rebecca Lloyd-Jones. Musician and Composer: Monica McIntyre. Videographer/Dancer: Danielle Kinne.
  • Credits: Choreography: Marianela Boán with the collaboration of the interpreters. Direction/Script/Video conception: Marianela Boán. Costume designer: Jorge Boán. Dramaturgy collaborator: Alejandro Aguilar.

False Testimony (2006)

False Testimony is the first work in Boán's American Trilogy. This work expands her creative methodology "Contaminated Dance", by integrating real-time video as another "performer" in the work. False Testimony continues Boán's history of creative critical engagement with the political and social culture in which she lives. In this instance, she turns her attention towards the incursions of surveillance into private life and social relations, and the dominance of "images" in our understandings of ourselves and our surroundings.

From the program notes:

In False Testimony's exploration of life in the post-technological era, the central question becomes: what is the emotional link between humans? A videographer and musician use their respective tools--a camera and cello -- to experiment on two dancers, controlling and checking their reactions. Boxes are used as cubic video screens, producing a magical mixture of real and virtual bodies. Is it possible to look behind and untangle the projection screen or is it better to allow ourselves to simply be deceived by illusion?

Additional Links

Review in Cultura Mazatlán