WhoLoDanceE is a three year project (January 2016-December 2018) Research and Innovation Action, under the framework of ICT2015 of Horizon 2020 aiming at designing and developing whole body interaction tools to support dance learning. The consortium of WhoLoDanceE consists of a) Technical Partners, b) Four Dance Expert partners from different countries (UK, Spain, France and Greece) with a mixed profile of Dance Education institutions and choreographing companies, covering four different dance genres (ballet, contemporary, flamenco, and Greek folk). The aim of the project is to create new technologies for capturing and analyzing dance movement to facilitate whole-body interaction learning experiences for a variety of dance genres. Working together we will develop a protocol for the creation and/or selection of dance sequences drawn from different dance genres for different teaching and learning modalities. Our initial work has involved designing a methodology for selecting the appropriate shots for motion capturing, to acquire kinetic material, which will provide a satisfying proof of concept for Learning scenarios of particular genres. The emergence of virtual reality applications and human-like interfaces has given rise to the necessity of producing realistic models of the human body.[1] The WhoLoDancE project is bringing together a team of expert technologists, developers, researchers, dancers, artists and 2D and 3D model designers to develop a teaching-learning-creative digital tool that can allow the user to employ a variety of state-of the art methods to facilitate in the learning and teaching of dance. The dancing human body is at the core of this EU-Funded Horizon 2020 research project and is allowing programmers to discuss modelling techniques while also pulling in expert teachers, dancers and choreographers.

Project team: Sarah Whatley, Ruth Gibson, Karen Wood, Rosa Cisneros.

Images courtesy of Giulio Bettini.

  1. Sarris, N. and Strintzis, M. (2005). 3D modeling and animation. Hershey: IRM Press.  ↩

simon ellis and shannon bott – lists

Umberto Eco once said that “We Like Lists Because We Don’t Want to Die”[1]. I’m in the middle of pre-production for a new choreography with Melbourne dancer-choreographer Shannon Bott. We wanted to know what kinds of practices we could do daily while at either ends of the world. We started writing lists. They are lists about what we see, what we imagine, what we know, what we’ve lied about … and from these lists have come some possibilities for a choreography of words when we meet in Melbourne and Launceston for 6 weeks starting in October 2017.

Shannon and I have a long working relationship[2], and this new work reflects that history as well as a recent period of research and development in Bassano del Grappa in May 2016.

– Simon Ellis

sensing the city

Sensing the City is a new Arts and Humanities Research Council funded project that will undertake a series of site-specific studies of the city of Coventry through the media of dance, theatre, film, and visual art. This project will explore the relationship between arts practice and urban planning, contributing to future plans surrounding Coventry city’s bid to become UK City of Culture in 2021. Natalie Garrett Brown and Emma Meehan from C-DaRE will deliver the dance micro-project within Sensing the City. The aim is to explore the ways in which dance practitioners and the moving body offer spatial, haptic and affective understandings of the city landscape, as an evolving and dynamic landscape. Specifically, the project will use dance to engage with those that inhabit the city of Coventry and those that contribute to the public planning and social policy of the City. In taking this approach, the project recognises both the legacy of the past such as the post-war Modernist architecture common to the city alongside the current situation and future potential of Coventry for example the state of renewal and envisioning currently taking place in its bid for City of Culture. The micro-project will include practice-based research laboratories with site-based artists and researchers, and walking interviews and debates with practitioner researchers, local inhabitants, and local arts organisations and policy makers. This will result in podcasts, a symposium and exhibition at the Mead Gallery at University of Warwick, and a contribution to the project publication with a focus on how to create cities for communities of the 21st century.

Sensing the City: Documenting and Mapping the Tempers of Urban Place (a practice-based case-study of the city of Coventry):

  • Principal investigator: Dr Nicolas Whybrow, University of Warwick
  • Dance Micro-project: Dr Natalie Garrett Brown & Dr Emma Meehan, C-DaRE, Coventry University

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Image: Christian Kipp; dancers: Amy Voris and Natalie Garrett Brown