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Motion Technology influencing the world of dance

March 15, 2013
The Washington Post

Can computers fill the role of choreographers?

By Sarah Kaufman

In a live performance, technology typically plays the role of fairy godmother, dressing up the stage with wondrous special effects. But it’s far more interesting when it plays God.

When technology is used to create the art, as opposed to simply jazz up the show, that’s where innovation lies.

From pop concerts to ballet, high-tech effects are usually a secondary feature, worked into the design elements. You remember Beyonce interacting with an army of clones in her animation-enhanced performance of “Run the World (Girls)” at the 2011 Billboards Music Awards. That was a collaboration with media artist Kenzo Hakuta, a Sidwell Friends graduate who studied under video pioneer Nam June Paik.

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