15 Bytes | 2012 | Artist Profiles | Performing Arts

Another Language Upgrade: The Art of Jimmy & Elizabeth Miklavcic

Jimmy and Elizabeth Miklavcic

It’s not easy describing Another Language Performing Arts Company. Never has been. When Jimmy and Elizabeth Miklavcic first formed the company in 1985, back when their performances took place on traditional wood-plank stages, they were already adding video, poetry and performance to their choreographed works. When they embraced the Internet’s stage of cables and monitors to begin adding live streaming and telematic cinema to their repertoire, description became even more difficult. Which is why we took the opportunity, as the Miklavcics prepared for the 2.0 version of their telematic performance Duel*Ality, to let them tell their own story. Appropriate for the month of February, it’s a love story. It’s also a story about creative passion, technological exploration and what to do with all those ones and zeroes.

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The founder of Artists of Utah and editor of its online magazine, 15 Bytes, Shawn Rossiter has undergraduate degrees in English, French and Italian Literature and studied Comparative Literature in graduate school before pursuing a career in art.

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  1. As they have for the past (how many?) years, Jimmy and Beth have led the way in pushing the boundaries of art, leading by example and staying true to their path. If you haven’t had a chance to see one of their current works in person, don’t miss this!

  2. Year before last was the 25th anniversary for Another Language and it was fascinating to see all the history from still photos and programs from performances, to video, to the (then) current performance bringing together several groups around the world into one simultaneous telematic cinema presentation. Last year, they brought it back home with an intimate picture of life with high tech and the impact on relationships. I am looking forward to seeing Duel-ality 2.0 with yet another technology advance – 3D!! Always something new and never a dull moment :-)…

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