Narrative-driven performance to enhance mobility in the elderly and disabled through live action virtual reality
The project primarily explores the universal connection of dance and movement through a series of prototype testing. Themes of feeling, movement and intimacy through performance are extrapolated within a rapidly developing technological world. The methodological processes call for questions around production such as how two-dimensional directors establish a 360-degree visual language and a new choreographic language will emerge in directing actors and performers within this space.
The prototype testing will establish the impact that sound design has on driving a choreographed narrative from immersive filming perspectives, including using audio to represent human bio-rhythms. The team explore the operative challenges of fixed wide-angle lenses on a multi-camera 360 rig and the subsequent experiential impact on the user/viewer. The dance form will be embraced to explore ways to generate inclusivity with the VR experience.
Pressure is a live action choreographed VR film that immerses the audience in the life of a contemporary dancer. The audience experience her journey via a series of internal and external perspectives as she prepares to perform on stage. Her internal feelings, as she dances through the immersive landscape, are projected through the vehicle of a second ambiguous dance partner. The film is both visually and sonically choreographed as musically timed sound design is employed to reflect our dancers’ movements and interaction with her environment.