Virtual reality dance Facades tour

Published: 23 October 2021
Reporter: Vera Liber

Facades

New virtual reality dance experience Facades will première at Phoenix, Leicester in October before touring to BOM Birmingham and Lakeside Arts Centre in Nottingham, in November and Here East in London in December.

This "surreal and immersive VR dance piece", which draws on scenes from classic movies, is choreographed and performed by Kerryn Wise, co-created by creative technologist Ben Neal.

Wise said, "the choreography explores domesticity and different emotions through stylised gestural movement, creating intimate and unsettling atmospheres.

"The process of choreographing for volumetric capture is different to usual studio-based work, as you have to consider how the viewer will be able to see the dancer from any angle in the virtual space. We wanted to explore how the viewer can experience dance in the VR environment, which allows them to see unusual perspectives of the dancing body."