When science upsets art: virtual reality enters the dance

When science upsets art: virtual reality enters the dance

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

This is a sign: the upcoming Lyon Dance Biennale in September includes a VR section: it consists 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 dance, but it is a technology that is very present today. You can’t not get on that train,” said Dominique Hervieu, the Biennale’s director. “Either we say to ourselves vade retro Satanas, it messes up our relationship to the sensitive, let’s disconnect. Either we offer these tools to artists so that they can write with, especially since, as soon as we pronounce the word VR, the funding…

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