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The Stage 3600 Or The Stage 1800?

When we talk about the digitalization of contemporary dance, we must or at least dare to think of new procedures and new perspectives of “looking” at contemporary dance, which comes from VR technology (Virtual Reality). The paper starts with the point of “meeting” with VR testing procedures, which have been developing intensively in recent months and fundamentally changing the perception of the viewer. The first process of different viewing perception is created using a camera with a 360-degree angle, and the second 180 degrees. Both procedures also fundamentally change the perspective of the viewer. The purpose is not to limit live experience, but rather to broaden perspectives of perception and modes of sensation. At the Conference I would like to talk about the new procedures of “looking” that are being developed within the international network of contemporary dance Aerowaves. My guest will be the Slovenian director and choreographer Enya Belak, who is (besides Iztok Kovač) one of the key persons of VR development in contemporary dance, who said: This is an experiment in the field of newer virtual reality technology. What we are currently developing is not yet available on the market and it is something new. The process presents us with a great challenge, but it also has its limitations. As soon as you place dance in a new environment, be it video or digital media, you get a new format that is not the same as a live dance performance. In the paper I will try to follow Shakespeare's famous saying All the World's a Stage but in the case where the stage is virtual and where choosing between the 360 or the 180-degree angle is really not far away.

Andreja Kopač
Alma Mater Europaea, Evropski center - Maribor


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