Art imitates life, life imitates art – this is the feedback loop that creates Downtown Replay, an exploration through movement and sound.

This Tuesday, September 1, at 11:30am in the KCATA Transit Plaza, choreographer Lauren Thompson, of Kacico Dance, and Sound Designer/Composer Jonathan Robertson will create this sound and movement experience utilizing microphones and dancers to capture naturally occurring sound and movement in real time, and fold back that sensory experience for the public to reinterpret. The dancers are scheduled to perform three 30 minute sets, 11:30am-12:00pm, 12:15pm-12:45pm, 1:00pm-1:30pm, while the sound performance plays throughout.

The choreography will utilize the forms and shapes already present in another Art in the Loop project from 2005, Uplifted Arms. This original project took the ordinary and everyday out of context, challenging our view of the mundanity. Dancers will imitate, and integrate the movement and postures of the sculptures, as well as those in attendance, to give each pedestrian’s everyday movements a new platform and forum for expression. With microphones placed strategically in areas of heavy traffic the sound designer, Jonathan Robertson, will record and reuse the naturally occurring noise to create an atmosphere that takes these sounds out of context. As people pass the microphones, they unwittingly help to compose a new sound atmosphere. The goal of this performance is to create an interactive and generative feedback loop that is site specific. Audience members are highly encouraged to engage with the artwork by becoming noisemakers to help feed into the sound system, and also to engage with the dancers to inspire improvisational movement.

Lauren Thompson holds a BFA in dance from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. She has performed with several groups in the Kansas City area and currently works with Kacico Dance.

Sound designer and composer Jonathan Robertson has worked on several productions in Kansas City area, including work with the UMKC and the Unicorn Theater. Jonathan holds a Master of Music from the University of Missouri-Kansas City.




Art in the Loop

This performance is part of the 2015 Art in the Loop Project.  Visit to learn about additional performances and our temporary installations. Check our social media outlets for regular updates, and @ArtintheLoop.

The 2015 Art in the Loop project is presented with the support of the City of Kansas City, Missouri, the Missouri Arts Council – a state agency, ArtsKC, the Downtown Council of Kansas City and our generous corporate sponsors.