Teoma Naccarato is a choreographer, performer, dance educator and scholar from Montreal, Canada. She presently resides in London, where she is pursuing a practice-based PhD at the Centre for Dance Research (C-DaRE) at Coventry University. Naccarato completed her MFA in Dance and Technology at the Ohio State University (OSU) in 2011, and has since enjoyed appointments as a Visiting Professor in Dance at Concordia University, Sam Houston State University, Florida State University, and OSU. Naccarato’s choreography for stage, screen, and installation incorporates contemporary dance with interactive video, audio and biosensor technologies to explore vulnerability, intimacy, and uncertainty in live and virtual relations. Naccarato has shared choreography across Canada, the United States, South America, and Europe, with recent presentations of Experience #1167, Synchronism, Beneath the pavement, an ocean, and Gently between us.
Naccarato’s current practice-based research addresses the intersection of bodies and biosensors as a critical site in which to interrogate and elaborate attitudes and approaches towards embodiment in artistic performance. She examines ways in which different disciplines interpret and analyze meaning in/of/from the body, and further, ways in which these practices reflect and promote implicit values based on social, cultural, and political undercurrents. Naccarato’s use of biosensors is guided by the principle that the body can never, by any means, be reduced to bio-data, and yet, biometric archives hint at dynamic processes of relationality between physiology, action, and environment, which are always in motion. Through continued research and creation, Naccarato aims to articulate and actualize frameworks for performance with biosensors that are not based on causality, control, and representation, but rather, which manifest through shared awareness and agency across multiple, fluid assemblies of self, other, and environment. Naccarato’s research has evolved through collaboration with composer John MacCallum from Oakland, and has been supported through residencies at the Institut de Recherche et Coordination Acoustique/Musique (IRCAM) in Paris, France, the Centre for New Music and Audio Technologies (CNMAT) at UC Berkeley, the Synthesis Centre at Arizona State University, and the Topological Media Lab (TML) at Concordia University.