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Kahn, Svenja; Keil, Jens; Müller, Benedikt; Bockholt, Ulrich; Fellner, Dieter W.

Capturing of Contemporary Dance for Preservation and Presentation of Choreographies in Online Scores

2013

2013 Digital Heritage International Congress. Volume 1

Digital Heritage International Congress (DigitalHeritage) <2013, Marseille, France>

In this paper, we present a generic and affordable approach for an automatized and markerless capturing of movements in dance, which was developed in the Motion Bank / The Forsythe Company project (www.motionbank.org). Thereby within Motion Bank we are considering the complete digitalization workflow starting with the setup of the camera array and ending with a web-based presentation of "Online Scores" visualizing different elements of choreography. Within our project, we have used our technology in two modern dance projects, one "Large Motion Space Performance" covering a large stage in solos and trios and one "Restricted Motion Space Performance" that is suited to be captured with range cameras. The project is realized in close cooperation with different choreographers and dance companies of modern ballet and with multi-media artists forming the visual representations of dance.

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Kahn, Svenja; Keil, Jens; Zöllner, Michael; Müller, Benedikt

Towards an Affordable Markerless Acquisition of Intangible Contemporary Dance Choreographies at Large-Scaled Stages

2012

VAST 2012. Short and Project Papers

International Symposium on Virtual Reality, Archaeology and Cultural Heritage (VAST) <13, 2012, Brighton, UK>

While the documentation and preservation of rigid cultural heritage objects has become much easier with technologies such as 3D scanning or photogrammetry technologies, the digitalization of 3D intangible moving content is still a major issue. This concerns also the in situ creation of digital dance representations and the question of how to preserve and disseminate dance performances. In this paper, we present a generic and affordable approach for an automatized and markerless capturing of the movements of dancers, which was developed in the Motion Bank research project, as well as first application examples which analyse and visualize the captured dance data. The captured data is stored in a cloud based service and is thus made available for online and offline processing.