“During the pandemic the theaters were closed, shows couldn’t be put on, so I started working on digital bodies that I inserted into areas of the Metaverse.” Cora is a choreographer who has decided to integrate new technologies into her performances. Although the public has given her the name ‘choreographer of the Metaverse’, the dancer also uses virtual reality, which allows you to create a simulated digital space; augmented reality to introduce elements into space that do not exist in the real world; motion capture, a movement analysis technique with sensors.
Create a new body
“All this actually arises from a problem of mine, it’s called dysmorphic disorder. As a dancer it’s not beautiful, it’s very easy to live with the mirror when you have an altered vision of your aesthetics, your body, your proportions. Starting to be able to give my movement to a body that I did not necessarily recognize in Cora, but which I could model, choose, structure my movement as I desired, also giving it characteristics that were not possible in the world such as non-gravity for example, it gave a completely new insight. has become a therapeutic process.”
How to create a choreography with new technologies
It takes approximately sixty hours of work to create a new body. After thinking about the concept of the performance, we move on to the creation of the avatar through a body scan and the creation of the texture. The digital twin is given the most suitable shapes for the performance, the skin changes consistency, it can become marble, iron, a set of lights that move in unison. In parallel, Cora dedicates herself to working in the room: “It requires a lot of time because it’s not just about creating the choreography. It is necessary to respect the times, the shots, the movements that can also be combined with the technologies used, to record everything with the times that the platform where the performance is uploaded can support”.
The advantages of digital dance
“For me, giving movement to that body is giving it a soul, leaving it something of mine, so that we see that it is mine, we see that it is fundamentally human.”
According to Cora, this process has several advantages. “It allows me to perform in fragile environments, especially natural environments, parks where you couldn’t set up a stage or place a system; to perform in very distant places without, for example, having emissions or without moving too much. And above all it allows me to dance in ways in which I cannot dance in reality, therefore also without gravity, with different bodies. I can explore another way of existing in dance and leave it forever, to leave a trace that will remain there even when I probably die, will remain there forever for whoever wants to see it.”
The future of the performing arts
“The performing arts have the great characteristic of being inexhaustible because they are ours, they are human” concludes the Metaverse choreographer. “If the human being begins to have new versions of his reality, new versions of himself, the performing arts will do so too. I believe that the performing arts are trying to branch out into new forms, which can reach different distances, marry with those that are the sustainability demands of the period, or that they can simply have a completely new creative push.”