DUST – Exploring VR as a medium for contemporary dance

Created by Mária Júdová and Andrej Boleslavský, DUST explores new ways of interaction and experience of contemporary dance through the use of immersive virtual reality experience and online media. The project challenges the boundaries between the virtual and the real-world experiences and advances research in the elds of participatory performance, human-computer-interaction and VR technologies.

In DUST, the audience uses a VR headset to place themselves in the immediate presence of the dancer and within a unique visual and aural scenario which has been created by capturing volumetric recordings of dancers and photogrammetric imagery of Rambert’s building. The resulting effect is exhilarating, allowing the audience to experience the work from different perspectives and within the space where the dance is happening. DUST creates an emotional connection between the audience and the dancers, and between the audience and the digitally reconstructed architecture. It is dance as no audience member has ever experienced before. The project is a demonstration of what dance, performance, lm and sound could become in the future of VR.

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