ELEV(I)ATE is an interactive performance installation by choreographer/performer Athena Mazarakis and digital artist, Tegan Bristow. It was staged in the foyer of the Market Theatre, New Town, Johannesburg as part of the Johannesburg Dance Umbrella 2010 programme. As a performer working within an interactive installation designed by Bristow, Mazarakis invited passers-by to participate in a dance lift, "the currency of exchange" within each meeting. Mazarakis’ skill as a comic performer was evident in her spontaneous interactions between a large variety of participants; while the different elements of Bristow’s interactive media refracted and reflected the encounter through a plethora of images ranging from animated information graphics to disco lights & live video. The results of the lifts were often deeply felt, even spiritual in effect, with Mazarkis’s partners frequently overwhelmed by the emotions released through the "uplifting" experience.
[Watch a slide show of images from the 04 March performance by Christo Doherty.]