Teoma Naccarato is an interdisciplinary artist/scholar working at the intersection of choreography, technology, and performance philosophy. Her works for stage, screen, installation, and page investigate the body and identity in digital culture.
Naccarato’s choreography has been presented internationally at venues such as SummerWorks (Toronto), Tangente Danse (Montreal), Rapid Pulse (Chicago), the Hemispheric Institute Encuentro (Montreal / Rio de Janeiro / Bogota), ReNew (Copenhagen), Lake Studios (Berlin), and HfMT (Hamburg). Recent publications are featured in peer reviewed journals such as Performance Research, Tempo, Leonardo, and Performance Philosophy. As a Visiting Professor in Dance at various universities, Naccarato has led undergraduate and graduate level courses in choreography, contemporary dance, intermedia performance, and screendance.
Naccarato holds a PhD from the Centre for Dance Research at Coventry University (2019), an MFA in Dance and Technology from the Ohio State University (2011), and a BFA in Dance from Concordia University (2004).
Over the past decade, Teoma Naccarato has developed two main bodies of artistic work: III and Im/mediations, as well as a somatic listening practice called Interstitial Listening. The website for each project serves as a living archive, with documentation and announcements from past and upcoming performances and workshops.
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Each performance in III explores technology as an intervention in ways of looking, listening, touching, and relating. III takes the form of durational performances spanning days, immersive video installations, and one-on-one encounters.
Im/mediations is a series of performance-interventions that explore qualities of togetherness and intimacy in virtual contexts. A key theme in Im/mediations is the interplay between that which is shared on screen, and that which lies beyond the frame.
Interstitial Listening is a multi-sensory listening practice, aimed at tuning awareness of how rhythms emerge in movement and music. It is a technique for exploring and reimagining habits of relation between performers and media in real-time – on stage and off.
The performances and installations below involve dancers, musicians, video projection, and biosensing technologies, presented in a range of audience configurations: in-the-round, 1-on-1, backwards through mirrors, live streaming, etc.
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As a dance scholar, Teoma Naccarato engages with feminist, new materialist, and process philosophies to interrogate the sensing and representation of bodies and movement in different disciplinary contexts. Her writing has been published in journals on dance and somatics, movement and computing, and performance philosophy, reflecting the trans-disciplinary scope of her artistic and scholarly research.
Naccarato, T. and MacCallum, J. (2020) ‘Cutting together-apart (une greffe)’. Performance Research 25 (5), 135-142.
Naccarato, T. (2019) “Re/contextualization: On the critical appropriation of technologies as artistic practice”. PhD Thesis. Coventry University, UK. [Summary]
MacCallum, J. and Naccarato, T. (2019) ‘Collaboration as Differentiation: Rethinking Interaction Intra-Actively’. Performance Philosophy 4 (2), 410–433.
Naccarato, T. and MacCallum J. (2019) ‘The Touch of the Stethoscope : Shaping Context in Intimate Performance’. TEMPO 73 (287), 71–75.
Naccarato, T. (2018) ‘Artistic Practice as Research: A Genealogical Account’. in A World of Muscles, Bone & Organs: Research and Scholarship in Dance [online] ed. by Ellis, S., Blades, H., and Waelde, C. 435–455.
Naccarato, T. and MacCallum, J. (2017) ‘Critical Appropriations of Biosensors in Artistic Practice’. in Proceedings of the Conference on Movement and Computing (MOCO). held 2017 at London.
Kirk, P., Naccarato, T., and MacCallum, J. (2017) ‘Intimate Listening’. Performance Research 22 (3), 57–60.
Naccarato, T. and MacCallum, J. (2016) ‘From Representation to Relationality: Bodies, Biosensors and Mediated Environments’. Journal of Dance & Somatic Practices 8 (1), 55–70.
Naccarato, T., MacCallum, J., Boudou, L., and Pelinka, S. (2016) ‘Peripheral Encounters’. Leonardo Gallery Pages 236–245.
MacCallum, J. and Naccarato, T.J. (2015) ‘The Impossibility of Control : Real-Time Negotiations with the Heart’. in Electronic Visualisation and the Arts. held 2015. 1–8.
MacCallum, J. and Naccarato, T. (2015) ‘Choreography and Composition of Internal Time’ in SIGCHI Collaborating with Intelligent Machines Workgroup. Held Seoul, South Korea.
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