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At the Banff Centre for the Arts November 13 - 19 for a Workshop the Isadora Software!

image above by Milton Lim

Isadora is an award-winning interactive media presentation tool created for artists, by artists and is used by, designers, performers, visual artists, and VJs throughout the industry. This workshop provides an intensive laboratory for artists who wish to explore the creation of media intensive performances for the stage. Dawn Stoppiello and Mark Coniglio (creator of Isadora software) will guide participants through a series of compositional problems focused on a single question: How does one bring performers, visual and sonic media together to create a compelling and truly unified work?

What does it offer?

Topics to be covered include:

  • Applying notions of film grammar to on-stage imagery.

  • Effectively integrating live performers and video imagery on stage.

  • Using live video/audio feeds to amplify or re-contextualize the performer and themes.

  • The use of reactive/interactive systems as an intensifier of liveness.

  • Considering alternative projection surfaces and/or materials.

  • A three month license to Isadora software which is the primary software tool used in the workshop for real-time media manipulation.


Mark Coniglio


Recognized as a pioneering force in the integration of dance and media, composer/media artist Mark Coniglio creates large-scale performance works that integrate music, dance, theater and interactive media. A native of Nebraska, Mark received his degree in music composition in 1989 from California Institute of the Arts where he studied with electronic music pioneer Morton Subotnick. From that early time, Coniglio’s artistic practice has included the creation of custom interactive systems that allow performers to manipulate video, sound, and light in real-time. His first technological breakthrough came in 1989 when he created MidiDancer, a wireless system that allowed a performer to interactively control music. His passion for giving control to the performer led him to create the award-winning software Isadora®, a flexible graphic programming environment that provides interactive control over digital media. Mark’s writings about new media in performance have appeared in numerous books and journals, including “New Visions In Performance”, “La Scena Digitale: Nuovi Media Per La Danza” and Movement Research Journal. He relocated from New York to Berlin, Germany in 2008.

Dawn Stoppiello


Trained as a choreographer and dancer, Stoppiello has focused on choreography for bodies interfaced to computers through sensory systems and dancing in synchrony with projected images. She began her career in Portland, Oregon at the Jefferson High School for the Performing Arts. She received a BFA in dance from California Institute of the Arts in 1989 and an MFA in dance from George Washington University in 2014. Stoppiello has received multiple honors from the Princess Grace Foundation-USA over the years including a 1987 Dance Scholarship, three Special Project grants in 2004/2009/2015 and the foundation’s highest honor, the Statue Award in 2004 for her continued excellence in her field. Her first professional performance, while still a student at CalArts, was with Jazz Tap Ensemble in 1986. After Graduation she became a member of the Bella Lewitzky Dance Company where she remained until 1992. Stoppiello has taught on the dance faculty of Portland State University, Loyola Marymount University, Idyllwild School of Music and the Arts and the University of Maryland-Baltimore County as well as teaching numerous master classes at institutions in the US, Canada, Australia and Europe. After 25 years away she relocated back to Portland, Oregon in 2009.



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