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DANCE WITH THE NEW MEDIA – “CLEAR, LOUD, BRIGHT, FORWARD” – by BENJAMIN MILLEPIED

NewPost Goes Up Every Wednesday, by Jack Dziamba 

DANCE – IMERSIVE 360 VIA  DIGITAL MEDIA

In an article from the NTY of December 1, 2015, “Google Cultural Institute Puts Us All Onstage, “ 

“Stand, virtually, on the stage of the Palais Garnier, among the dancers of the Paris Opera Ballet. Use your mouse to manipulate a 360-degree video that allows you to see them from many angles as they perform Benjamin Millepied’s “Clear, Loud, Bright, Forward.”

The 360-degree videos are part of an innovative assemblage of performing arts groups that went online on Tuesday morning at the Google Cultural Institute, a free website that made its name in recent years by digitizing and displaying the collections of more than 800 art museums and historical archives. The Google initiative is now moving into the performing arts, and this exhibition is the first fruit of its partnerships with more than 60 groups from around the world — with the groups providing the content and Google providing the gee-whiz technology.

DANCE WITH NEW MEDIA TECHNOLOGY

Michael Cooper’s article continues,

Benjamin Millepied

Benjamin Millepied

“Mr. Millepied, the director of the Paris Opera Ballet, has brought a spirit of technological adventure to the ballet, where he started a website earlier this year called “3e Scène,” or “Third Stage,” which showcases films of original works.

“I do use and do believe in using digital media to present dance to the largest audience possible,” he said in a telephone interview, adding that he believed that the ability to present a dance from multiple points of view at the same time had fascinating possibilities.

“Now I think it would be the time,” he said, “to think about creating work specifically for the technology.””

THE ORIGIN OF THE PROJECT

Michael Cooper:

“The partnership [with Google] came about in part, Mr. Sood said, after he had a conversation with Clive Gillinson, the executive and artistic director of Carnegie, who asked him why Google could not do for performing arts institutions what it was already doing for the visual arts.

Mr. Gillinson said that he was excited to be able to use the reach of Google to share the hall’s work with audiences from around the world and that he was pleased that the 360-degree video would allow people to engage with the performance in a new way. And Christopher Amos, the chief digital officer at Carnegie, said that Carnegie, like several other groups, planned to embed parts of the exhibition on its own website.””

PRIOR POST: THE GOPRO CAMERA IN FINE ART IN THE NEW MEDIA

In the post above from 2012, we said,

“Imagine the possible uses in dance. With a camera small enough to work on the body of a dancer, dance, as seen from the perspective of the dancer, can add new dimensions to both dance and choreography. Imagine also new dimensions and perspectives added here, for example, as the ones displayed on the ChoreoVideo.com site.”

“Imagine the point of view of the dancer, or dancers, projected on a screen on stage and incorporated into the performance. Now image the choreographer as director who, during the performance can cue which cameras are turned on and when. The possibilities are as limitless as the creative mind. In fact, imagine seeing dance form the dancer’s perspective. This clip taken from the point of view of the dancer exemplifies the capturing of fine art with cameras such as GoPro HD Hero.”

 

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