Behind the Screens: Dancing through Augmented Reality
A stopgap solution or a glimpse into the future through the screen? Dance as an Augmented Reality Experience? Faced with few performance opportunities and limited audiences, the last two pandemic years have seen the emergence of a number of digital and hybrid formats that use new technologies to great effect. Last year, Ulm-based choreographer Pablo Sansalvador created a choreography in which live performers danced with invisible digital avatars. They merely appeared on the screens of the tablets handed out to the audience at the beginning of the interactive showing.
The title Dance with the Tiger is based on a quote by virologist Dr. Christian Drosten, who described the challenges in the face of the pandemic with these words. In this seminar Pablo Sansalvador gives insight into the creation process of his augmented reality performance. He takes us through different motion capture technologies that enable dancers from Hongkong, Michigan (USA) and Sao Paulo to perform alongside live dancers using augmented reality. Together with his programmer Alpay Artun and dancer Miguel Toro, Pablo Sansalvodor talks about the challenges of choreographically merging digital and real dancers, the development of the augmented reality app and the many mistakes the team learned along the way.
Participants in the seminar will gain insights into the creation of Dance with the Tiger and the art behind the code. Together they will discuss questions about the potentials and problems of the interplay between AR and dance.