A remote and distributed real-time motion-capture digital dance showcase.
In collaboration with Mavin Khoo (Associate Creative Director, Akram Khan Company), Alexander Whitley (Alexander Whitley Dance Company), Studio Aszyk, and Clemence Debaig.
Funded by an AHRC Covid-19 grant led by Dr. Dan Strutt. In association with Goldsmiths Media, Communication and Cultural Studies ‘Future of Media’ research theme.
This showcase and knowledge-sharing event will demonstrate ongoing experimental research into the creative use of motion capture technologies in the practice and process of dance choreography and performance. It also marks the release of our open-source User Interface for simple and easy mocap streaming.
The telematic performance will demonstrate the functionality of a motion capture network framework that permits two or more dancers to move together within a virtual space whilst geographically separate and remotely connected. The fluid interaction between the distant dancers occurs within a virtual landscape/stage set, with the dancers’ avatars spinning out shapes, light, and particles that weave and intertwine, and with the dance giving a genuine feeling of embodied communication and emotional connection.
The showcase takes the form of a semi-improvisational dance interaction within a series of set-pieces that explore the sense of virtual presence, proximity, and touch. The choreographic themes are defined by a set of interactive aesthetic effects generated in the games engine Unity, and guided by the technical novelty of the data streaming framework.
The research project brings together dance, design and digital artists, technicians, academics, staff and students, in a virtual collaborative workshop environment to explore the future of dance movement in the real-time interactive, virtual, immersive and generative modes made possible by digital motion-capture interaction.
A Q&A will follow the event, which we hope will be of interest academics, industry and the public alike.
Dates & times
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|7 May 2021||7:00pm - 8:00pm|
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