Photos by eminent French photographer, Tristan Jeanne-Valès, from a theatrically-elevated production of Systems of Judgment created in collaboration with theater director, Travis Preston, and the artists of Comédie de Caen at the Centre Dramatique National de Normandie, France in May 2011
Systems of Judgment, a live-computer music, piano, violin and auxiliary instrument epic, was composed in the late 1980s for a dance, sculpture and music collaboration among DanceArt Company in San Francisco (Duncan McFarland and Claire Whistler) and Australian artist, John Davis. The work was developed in a workshop residency at Victorian College of Art in Melbourne, Australia and in the artists' studios in the San Francisco Bay Area, and was premiered at Oberlin Dance Collective in San Francisco in 1988. The music was released on a CD from Centaur Records in 1989. Subsequently, Rosenboom developed solo concert versions of the music, both in its seven-movement, concert-length form, and selected movements. These were performed extensively in North America, Europe, and Australia. In 2008 the work was updated with modern computer equipment and software for performances in Berlin and Beijing. Rosenboom and his frequent collaborator, theater director, Travis Preston, developed a new version for a new production mounted in Caen, France in 2011. These photos are from that most recent production.
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