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Atlantic Ballet Atlantique Canada

Program and component
Digital Strategy Fund, Transformation of Organizational Models

Community
Moncton, New Brunswick

Field of practice
Dance

Grant amount
$498,000 over three years

Fiscal year
2020–21

Pilot Project Aims to Reduce Digital Barriers in Canada’s Dance Sector

A digital tool captures the movements of three ballet dancers.
Dancers Nozomi Nakabayashi, Laura Flydorf and Stéphanie Audet test a digital tool developed by the Atlantic Ballet Photo: Viktor Pivovarov

Atlantic Ballet Atlantique Canada is developing a project that will enable dance companies and artists across Canada to access immersive digital tools and develop their skills.

Making immersive digital technology accessible

A large portion of Canada’s dance sector does not have knowledge of or access to digital technology. Atlantic Ballet Atlantique Canada hopes to provide a solution by 2022. The organization’s Dance XR initiative promises to help close the digital gap for small and mid-size dance companies and marginalized artists. The company is collaborating with the Canadian Dance Assembly, HCI Lab and Kognitive Spark to introduce immersive technologies such as 3D holograms and augmented reality. Ultimately, Atlantic Ballet Atlantique Canada hopes that its digital tool will reduce financial, infrastructure and accessibility barriers so that dance organizations and artists can unleash their full artistic potential.

Finding inspiration from other industries

The Dance XR initiative is inspired by a holographic technical solutions system used in aerospace engineering, and the petroleum and nuclear industries. Atlantic Ballet Atlantique Canada is reimaging the technology, known as Remote Spark, to convert choreographic work into 3D visuals, including life-size holograms. The 3D content will be made available in accessible formats to account for people in low internet bandwidth areas.

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