“DanceGPS”: An Alternative, Intimate Immersion Experience
“DanceGPS” is a newly-developed alternative immersive theatrical experience.
Contemporary multimedia art typically makes use of virtual reality (VR), augmented reality (AR), or mixed reality (MR) technologies, achieving a “highly sensuous resonance and connection” through the representation of the environment, whether for commercial marketing purposes, or in a popular gaming experience. However, what if our goal was to maintain that deep and authentic experience of empathy between performer and audience?
In following with this concept, DanceGPS came into operation, allowing dance to “step out” of the traditional proscenium stage, allowing the audience to move through the campus architecture and environment as if in a moving museum. Listening to the music and directions delivered through the earphones throughout, the audience encounters dancers by the lotus pond, in the corners and the hallways, or bursting into dance in the square, appreciating the rich landscape conversation between dance and the environment. The professional training at the School of Dance is rich and diverse, a mix of East and West, classical and contemporary bodily cultures, including classical ballet, Western modern dance, tai chi, martial arts, Mongolian Chinese dance, traditional Balinese dance, and others. These lead the audience to traverse the corners of the world in spite of the pandemic and its limitations. Each inch of muscle, each breath, each droplet of sweat of the dancers, can be surveyed like the collections of the museum, bringing out newfound sensations, and allowing the audience to experience the immersive company of an alternative, intimate experience.
“DanceGPS” is not only a performance that brings the happening of art out of its halls; it allows the viewing experience to transcend mountains and seas, flexibly closing the distance between dance and life, and accepting art’s challenge of innovation. The 2021 Kuandu Arts Festival is ready to “bring dance on the road, wander because of dance, and finally find a new direction through dance”; we invite you to personally participate, to allow “DanceGPS” to…BEEP! Position…located!
Artistic Director｜Ho Hsiao-mei
Choreographers｜Lin Ya-lan, Wu Yi-shan, Ye Chin-chang, Tsai Hui-cheng, Bao Erji
Technical Director｜Goh Boon-ann
Stage Manager｜Chu Chien-che
Hosted by｜Taipei National University of the Arts
Performed by｜TNUA School of Dance