When science shakes up art : virtual reality enters the dance

When science shakes up art : virtual reality enters the dance

SERIES (1/5) – By allowing the viewer to interact, or even put themselves in the shoes of the dancers, this technology opens up attractive perspectives.

This is a sign: the next Lyon Dance Biennial in September includes a VR section: it consists among other things of two virtual reality shows by Gilles Jobin and Yoann Bourgeois and a “dansathon”, a meeting of choreographers, designers and web developers on two themes: how can new technologies attract audiences to theaters who watch or practice dance through the Internet and video games? And how can dance meet technology to enrich cultural life and social interactions? “We don’t know where virtual reality can lead the dance, but it’s a very present technology today. You can’t not get on this train,” says Dominique Hervieu, director of the Biennale. “Either we say vade retro Satanas, it screws up our relationship to the sensitive, disconnect. Either we offer these tools to artists so that they can write with, especially since, as soon as we pronounce the word of VR, the funding

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