Mária Júdová, Andrej Boleslavský: Dust

  • ©2016, Mária Júdová and Andrej Boleslavský

  • ©2016, Mária Júdová and Andrej Boleslavský

  • ©2016, Mária Júdová and Andrej Boleslavský





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Artist Statement:

    Dust is an immersive, virtual reality experience that aims to transform the way people see and experience contemporary dance. It is an innovative project exploring new forms of engaging the audience and creating the narratives through the creative partnership between performing arts and new media. The piece is inspired the fact that every element on Earth was formed at the heart of a stardust, so our bodies were. Drawing inspiration from these eternal particles being part of our bodies just for incredibly short moment, as well as the motif of the unthinkable world expressed by book of philosophy In the Dust Of This Planet by Eugene Thacker, Dust seeks to re-imagine our perception of body, space and time with the use of digital technologies.

    It immerses the audience in a virtual reality environment created by volumetric capturing. The audience uses virtual reality (VR) headsets to place themselves in the immediate presence of the dancer and within a unique visual and aural scenario. The resulting effect is exhilarating, allowing the audience to experience the work from different perspectives and within the space where the dance is happening. Dust is an installation for room-scale VR accompanied by an interactive WebVR website. The website version of the experience was made with Three.js and our custom tool-sets for recording and converting the volumetric video stream.

    The dancers in Dust are Soňa Ferienčíková and Roman Zotov. Dust has been produced by Carmen Salas with the support of the Arts Council of England and Slovak Arts Council.