Virtual Reality and Choreographic Practice: The Potential for New Creative Methods

Rosemary E. Kostic Cisneros, Karen Wood, Sarah Whatley, Michele Buccoli, Massimiliano Zanoni, Augusto Sarti

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Virtual reality (VR) is becoming an increasingly intriguing space for dancers and choreographers. Choreographers may find new possibility emerging in using virtual reality to create movement and The WhoLoDancE: Whole-Body Interaction Learning for Dance Education project is developing tools to assist in this process. The interdisciplinary team which includes dancers, choreographers, educators, artists, coders, technologists and system architects have collaborated in engaging, discussing, analysing, testing and working with end-users to help with thinking about the issues that emerge in the creation of these tools.

The paper sets out to explore the creative potential of VR in the context of WhoLoDancE and how this may offer new insights for the choreographer and dancer. We pay attention to the virtual environment, the virtual performance and the virtual dancer as some of the key components for equipping the choreographer to use in the creating process and to inform the dancing body. The cyclical process of live body to virtual, back to the dancing body as a choreographic device is an innovative way to approach practice. This approach may lead to new insights and innovations in choreographic methods that may extend beyond the project and ultimately take dance performance in a new direction.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-32
Number of pages32
JournalBody, Space and Technology
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 12 Mar 2019

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© 2019 The Author(s). This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License (CC-BY 4.0), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.


H2020 Research and Innovation fund


  • Choreography
  • performance
  • virtual reality
  • dancer
  • avatar
  • digital technology
  • interaction design
  • Dancer
  • Avatar
  • Interaction design
  • Virtual reality
  • Digital technology
  • Performance

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Computer Graphics and Computer-Aided Design

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  • Activities

    • 2 Participation in conference
    • 1 Invited talk

    Wholodance Project

    Rosamaria Kostic Cisneros (Speaker)
    7 Sep 2018

    Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk

    WhoLoDancE Experience – Lab & Performance @ Romaeuropa Festival

    Rosamaria Kostic Cisneros (Speaker)
    7 Oct 2018

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference

    TaPRA 2017

    Rosamaria Kostic Cisneros (Speaker)
    31 Aug 20171 Sep 2017

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference

    Research Output

    • 2 Citations
    • 2 Article
    • 1 Conference proceeding
    • 1 Conference article

    WhoLoDancE: digital tools and the dance learning environment

    Cisneros, R. E. K., Stamp, K., Whatley, S. & Wood, K., 2019, In : Research in Dance Education. 20, 1, p. 54-72 19 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • WhoLoDancE: Whole-body Interaction Learning for Dance Education

    Rizzo, A., El Raheb, K., Whatley, S., Cisneros, R. E. K., Zanoni, M., Camurri, A., Viro, V., Matos, J., Piana, S., Buccoli, M., Markatzi, A., Palacio, P., Even-Zohar, O., Sarti, A., Ioannidis, Y. & Morley-Fletcher, E., 3 Nov 2018, In : CEUR Workshop Proceedings. p. 41-50 10 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalConference article

    Open Access
  • Motion Capturing Emotions

    Cisneros, R. E. K., Whatley, S. & Wood, K., 2 Dec 2017, In : Open Cultural Studies. Volume 1, Issue 1, p. 504-513 10 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • 2 Citations (Scopus)
    58 Downloads (Pure)

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