How many times have you ever been a bit frustrated while choreographing or setting blocking for a piece? Some of us aren’t as gifted as others when it comes to visualizing your own movement or the movement of a large team. Jesus Armand and Kyle Ryan teamed up to work on a project, called Duality, that would allow you to choreograph on a computer by pressing keys similar to the way you would make music by pressing keys on a piano.
This is a perfect example about how technology and dance work together to support each others’ art. Jesus, a photographer, and Kyle, a developer, made GIFs of dancers and tied each one to a different key on the keyboard. As you press a key, the GIF will play for as long as you hold it.
Art and technology are different, but really we’re just using different mediums to express creativity.
For the time being, there are many different dancers sprawled across the keyboard. But imagine if you recorded all of your moves. You could try out different combinations, albeit in a rough manner, to put a new freestyle set or piece of choreography together. Let’s keep the imaginative juices flowing. Say you’re trying to create blocking for a piece. Imagine if you could record different types of movement and see which ones work well together.
The possibilities are pretty much endless when it comes to technology and dance, and Duality only shows how both of these worlds are meshing to progress together. I’m really excited to see where this goes. You can check out the interactive site for Duality here.
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