In collaboration with Manon Vialle and Melina Skouras and Elisabeth Schwartz
We present a new abstract representation of choreographic motion that conveys the movement quality of fluidity that is central to the style of modern dance pioneer Isadora Duncan. We co-designed our model through a collaboration with an expert Duncanian dancer, Elisabeth Shwartz, using five flexible ribbons joining at the solar plexus and animated it from motion capture data using a tailored optimization-based algorithm. We display our model in a Hololens headset and provide features that allow to visualize and manipulate it in order to understand and learn Duncan’s choreographic style. Through a series of workshops, we explored our system with professional dancers. We were able to observe how it provides them with an immersive experience of a novel visualization of Duncan’s movement qualities in a way that was not possible with human-like or skeleton-based representations.
This project was supported by the ANR JCJC Living Archive and the Centre National de la Danse in Pantin and Lyon.
Manon Vialle, Sarah Fdili Alaoui, Mélina Skouras, Vennila Vilvanathan, Elisabeth Schwartz, Remi Ronfard “Visualizing Isadora Duncan’s movements qualities” In Proceedings of the ACM Creativity and Cognition 2022 (C&C), Venice, Italy.
Manon Vialle, Sarah Fdili Alaoui, Mélina Skouras, Elisabeth Schwartz, “Supporting perception of spatiality in dance in augmented reality” Accepted to the ACM Creativity and Cognition (C&C), online 2023.