The Game of Life

Interactive dance performance by Le principe d’incertitude

First rehearsal at CCN - Ballet de Lorraine (February 2022). 馃摳: CCN - Ballet de Lorraine

The Game of Life is a sextet for three dancers and three musicians, whose ambition is to find new performative relationships between dance and music. The piece’s score, seen as a cellular ecosystem, is generative, and based on principles of reaction, signalling, and cooperation between the six performers.

The title of the piece is a reference to the simulation game conceived by the English mathematician John Horton Conway, in which groups of cells evolve according to their environment, based on simple rules, and which, from iteration to iteration, produce complex and intricate patterns. The Game of Life is the proposal of a form; an experience that embodies the porosity and fragility of our bodies crossed by sound and movement.

For this piece, I served in the dual role of interaction designer and embedded researcher. As designer, I worked with the creators to develop and integrate four interactive software modules connecting the rules of the game, stage lights, and audio together to deliver the performance that unfolds in real time, negotiated by the system and the performers onstage in a continually evolving choreography. As researcher, I documented my own work, as well as the emergent creation through two residencies leading up to the premiere performance. The work has been presented at the ACM Designing Interactive Systems conference (DIS) and is published in the conference proceedings. Read the paper here.


Choreography 路 Pierre Godard and Liz Santoro (Le principe d’incertitude)
Music 路 Pierre-Yves Mac茅
Dancers 路 Mark Lorimer, Philippe Renard, Liz Santoro
Musicians from L’Instant Donn茅Maxime Echardour, Saori Furukawa, Mayu Sato-Br茅maud
Space 路 M茅lanie Rattier
Lighting 路 Pierre Godard and M茅lanie Rattier
Interaction design & research 路 John Sullivan
Costumes 路 Marguerite Tenot and Liz Santoro
Sound engineer 路 Aria de la Celle
Lighting technician 路 Emmanuel Forn猫s

Production 路 Le principe d’incertitude et L’Instant Donn茅. Coproduction 路 Cndc Angers, CCN - Ballet de Lorraine, CCN de Caen en Normandie, Th茅芒tre du Beauvaisis. Support 路 Caisse des d茅p么ts M茅c茅nat, Ernst Von Siemens Foundation, SACEM, CNC - DICR茅AM, La POP, CN D Centre national de la danse, Atelier de Paris / CDCN


  • NOV 22, 2022 | Cndc Angers | Angers, FR
  • NOV 26, 2022 | Espace Bernard Mantienne | Verri猫res-le Buisson, FR
  • MAY 31, 2023 | Th茅芒tre du Beauvaisis | Beauvais, FR
  • JUN 13 to JUN 14, 2023 | Carreau du Temple | JUNE EVENTS | Paris, FR
  • APR 26 to APR 27, 2024 | Th茅芒tre Garonne | Toulouse, FR
  • MAY 24 to MAY 25, 2024 | Sc猫ne de Recherche de l’ENS Paris-Saclay | Gif-sur-Yvette, FR

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John Sullivan
John Sullivan
Postdoctoral researcher

Postdoctoral researcher exploring research through design in the areas of music, movement, dance, and human-computer interaction.

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