Contemporary dance through the lens of virtual reality is an incredible experience. DUST is a project that is dedicated to this art form, giving audiences a chance to closely engage with dancers to experience something new. Created by Prague-based duo Mária Júdová and Andrej Boleslavský, their focus was on creating an immersive experience that pushes the boundaries between the virtual world and the real world.
The audience is given a VR headset to view the dancer right in front of them. The scenario they see is digitally manipulated in a beautiful way, giving the audience an opportunity to see contemporary dance from multiple perspectives. The makers infused volumetric capturing of dancing and imagery to make people feel as if they are a particle traveling in space. The premise is that everything comes from dust. The viewer sees space, body, and time, in a different manner.
Boleslavsky explains, “As an improvisational tool, VR can inspire creative movements; as an educational tool, it can record choreography and encourage public engagement, and, for us, it is a tool for endless artistic expression.”
Merging the real world with the virtual world to produce a completely new environment is a way to immerse the audience in contemporary dance. The project wants to extract different emotions from the audience, creating unique narratives through the use of technology and dance.