futuRasa is a media performance installation performed by a dancer covered completely in white clothing and body paint positioned in front of a white vertical rectangular canvas. A 3D animation is projected onto the hybridized surface of her body/canvas. The dancer performs a series of slow, archetypal gestures based on four rasas. “Rasa” is a term from Hindu aesthetics that defies precise translation, but can be described as “juice”, “flavor”, “emotion”, “essence.” Rasa is arguably an archetype of sensate emotion. The gestural rasas are utilized as the basis for both physical choreography and kinetic 3D animation, which is projected back onto the canvas of the body, creating a poetic interfusion of sensate embodiment across a physical-digital spectrum.
The small, integrated theatrical format explores contemporary iterations of futurist performance forms – i.e. extreme, innovative, self-contained performative syntheses of body and machine.