Dance Loops is a collection of projects designed to explore interactive technology in performance on stage and on screen. It is a creative space for dancers and coders, poets and analysts, animators and researchers.
In the central performance of Dance Loops, a trio of dancers create their own movement in a structured improvisation and use onstage controllers to trigger their own video recording and motion capture with Microsoft Kinects. In collaboration with an offstage visualist, the performers are then able to select, manipulate, and loop video projections of their movement (and their musical accompaniment), creating a virtual ensemble performance.
Dance Loops received a prestigious Presidential Fellowship for Faculty Scholarship at Utah Valley University. During the 2012-2014 school years, faculty and students will develop a series of creative and scholarly works, which will be performed and presented locally, nationally, and digitally in the spring and summer of 2014. The video below explains some of the technology that will be used in this project.
Dance Loops is intended to be performed locally, nationally, and virtually in the spring and summer of 2014. It has recently been submitted to both the Utah Conference on Undergraduate Research, which will take place at Brigham Young University in February of 214, as well as the National Conference on Undergraduate Research , which will take place at the University of Kentucky in April of 2014. The faculty mentors are pursuing opportunities for performances at events such as the International Symposium on Electronic Art, the AxS Festival, or SIGGRAPH (the Association for Computing Machinery's Special Interest Group on Computer Graphics and Interactive Techniques, which has featured, for example, performances by the Merce Cunningham Dance Company ).
In addition, variations of Dance Loops will be developed for presentation on the Internet, as computer applications, and as gallery/public installations.
Dance Loops is the interdisciplinary creation of three faculty members from Utah Valley University and the University of Utah. Project Director Barton Poulson is an associate professor of Psychology in the Behavioral Science Department at UVU and is the creator of several technology-based performance pieces. Nichole Ortega is the chair of UVU's Department of Dance , with a background in both ballet and modern dance. Jacque Lynn Bell is a modern dance choreographer who teaches movement in the Department of Theatre at the University of Utah . Barton Poulson and she recently collaborated on a performance called "Hello World" for Repertory Dance Theatre's October 2012 concert, " Embark ."