Technology Makes Dancers Looks Like They Are Performing With Ghosts

Technology Makes Dancers Looks Like They Are Performing With Ghosts
Arts & Culture

Lights become an integral part of the performance as they mimic the dancer's movements.

Ross Brooks
  • 29 march 2013

Just to be very clear, there haven’t been any new developments in the realm of mystics and psychics, but there has been a stunning new breakthrough for dancers who want to take their performances to the next level, and it’s called APPARITION.

This creative new light technology comes from the mind of Klaus Obermaier, an Austrian who has been involved with interactive technology since 1991. It was conceived in cooperation with Ars Electronica Futurelab.

Apparition is able to mimic the dancer and much like a haunting presence, follows them wherever they go on the stage. Not only can it pick up on where the performer is, it can detect movements based on speed, direction and various other subtleties. Using this information recorded through a motion tracking camera, the software then uses complex algorithms to produce a particular style of light that best matches the dancer’s movement.

In the past, choreography has always been a crucial element of dance, and probably still will be, but now there is one less thing for performers to worry about. Missing a cue or overextending on a movement which before would have put you out of time, are now irrelevant.

The most exciting prospect is probably the fact lighting used to be an addition to a performance, something that could spice it up a little bit; whereas now, they are likely to become an inseparable part of the show, almost like a shadow.

Take a look at the video below to see Apparition at work:


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