Bringing Ballet to the Virtual World

Posted on May 16, 2013 by

Screen shot 2013-05-16 at 5.43.45 PMYou know you’re living in the future when dancers in Amsterdam can appear live onstage in a performance happening thousands of miles away in Toronto. Stream was presented as part of the Assemblée Internationale, a weeklong conference hosted by Canada’s National Ballet School. Dancers at the AI performed and interacted with a screen projection of students at the Dutch National Ballet Academy. Participants in Holland constructed the same setup, streaming a video of the AI students in real time. “It broadens their horizons,” choreographer Shaun Amyot told CBC News. “It requires them to be in the moment, really present, and intensifies their concentration, because I will ask them to physically react to what they see on the screen in the moment.” How’s that for keeping ballet current?

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