Dancing In The Light: A New Audiovisual Performance
Musicians like nothing more than lighting up a performance with some high-tech clothing. Usually it’s just something that compliments their antics on stage, but this video from Minoru Fujimoto—an artist whose interests include interactive dance and wearable computing—uses LED lights as an integral part of the performance itself. The lights are synced with the dancers’ movements and music to create a unique performance where the patterns of light are as important as the movements of the dancers. Without the lights, this would just be two people dancing in the dark. Instead, the illuminations become another form of expression to compliment the fluid movements and the electronic sounds, coming across like Gene Kelly and Debbie Reynlods starring in TRON.
Lighting Choreographer is a system to expand the expressive capability of human body by lighting. It makes light effects on the user’s body synchronized with motion and sound, focusing on the viewing point that the produced effects recursively influence the choreographer.
…[I] came up with the idea to expand the body expressions by interactively changing the color and the size of body parts and combining kinematics and visual effects of lights by controlling LEDs with considering characteristics of the human body.
A performer represents various kinds of the feel of material, e.g. heaviness, lightness, sharpness, pop, violence, and soft, by dancing. By adding light illumination, performers obtains three factors for body representation; motion, sounds and lights. The projects aim is to redefine the relations between the body, sounds and lights, and to enhance human expressions.
It’s an interesting development as it combines the eye-catching quality of LED lights that we’ve seen from people like Moritz Waldemeyer, with the articulation of dance.