Virtualizing dance

Vincs, Kim 2016, Virtualizing dance. In Rosenberg, D (ed), The Oxford handbook of screendance studies, Oxford University Press, New York, N.Y., pp.1-25, doi: 10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199981601.013.13.

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Title Virtualizing dance
Author(s) Vincs, Kim
Title of book The Oxford handbook of screendance studies
Editor(s) Rosenberg, D
Publication date 2016
Series Oxford handbooks online
Chapter number 13
Total chapters 36
Start page 1
End page 25
Total pages 25
Publisher Oxford University Press
Place of Publication New York, N.Y.
Keyword(s) Spatiotemporal
Susanne Langer
Virtual force
Game-engine technology
Motion capture
CG environment
Dance in motion pictures
Dance in television
Performing arts
Summary The central project of contemporary dance has been to create a spatiotemporal poetics of the body based on its relationship to gravity. Virtual reality technologies enable a much more radical deconstruction of the conventional dancing body; in three-dimensional computer-generated space, the laws of physics can literally be coded into being, and Susanne Langer’s notion of “virtual force” becomes negotiable by dancers on an entirely new scale. Dancers can float free of gravity or change their physical morphology seemingly at will. Game-engine technology enables “virtual choreography” in digitally generated worlds; motion capture technology is central to transferring dance movement into CG interactive environments. Drawing on work by dance technology artists and research centers around the world, this chapter argues that the poetic affordances of motion capture provide a fundamental shift in conceptualizing dance movement that expands dance’s ability to critically and artistically engage with virtual environments, and therefore with an increasingly virtualized cultural imagination.
ISBN 9780199981601
Language eng
DOI 10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199981601.013.13
Field of Research 190403 Dance
Socio Economic Objective 950105 The Performing Arts (incl. Theatre and Dance)
HERDC Research category B1 Book chapter
ERA Research output type B Book chapter
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