Electrical Engineering
      and Computer Sciences

Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences


UC Berkeley


2009 Research Summary

Digital Choreography: The Road to IT Creativity

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Ruzena Bajcsy, Claire Tomlin, Jessica Jimenez, Rodny Rodriguez, Bryan Huang1, Lisa Wymore2, Klara Nahrstedt3, Renata Sheppard4, Katherine Mezur5 and Olivier Kreylos6

National Science Foundation 0703787

Dance choreography is a system of techniques used to create new dances. Creating a new dance requires a choreographer/dancers to engage with inner motivations to express feelings as well as to dialogue with the external environment, whether that be visual, aural, tactile, or kinesthetic environmental stimulus on a stage or in a laboratory. Imagine a moment when a dancer enters into a 3D tele-immersive (3DTI) room surrounded by multiple 3D digital cameras and displays, where internal and external cues for creative movements come not only from physical objects in the 3DTI room, but also from a remote dancer who is placed in a geographically-remote 3DTI room and appears in a joint virtual space with our dancer. Suddenly, the choreographer has exponentially more options to create new body movements in the new dance since the 3DTI technology offers an array of visual stimulations, called Digital Options, which will influence this movement-making process. The hope is that random, nondeterministic behaviors found within this new dance-making process will interact with the distributed 3DTI system causing different functional and data configurations and compositions.

2Department of Theater, Dance and Performance Studies, UC Berkeley
5UW Seattle
6UC Davis