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NIDA's Stage-Based Motion Capture

Exploring expression through stage-based motion capture and fluid dynamics

Stage performance fluid sim

Dreamr has teamed up with Electric Lens Co and NIDA to explore the exciting potential of stage-based motion capture as an integrated part of live performances. This was a multi-production collaboration and today we are focusing on the theme of Water.

This beautiful performance was inspired by stories echoed across various cultural mythologies in which a water creature lures victims to their death.

NIDA's Grace Stamnas performed both the parts of the water creature and the victim. This became an opportunity for the actor to perform against herself, at times mimicking her reflection and at others clashing with one's self.


The Process

NIDA instigated the piece by providing a concept. The team then collaborated on the story, identifying possible executions that would translate well to an abstract water creature which would be projected onto the stage.

NIDA's Head of Movement, Gavin Robins, then choreographed a powerful yet elegant water dance which Dreamr then captured using their portable xSens motion capture system. Electric Lens's Matt Hermans then took the movement to create a beautiful, hypnotic fluid simulation against a silhouetted character.

This all came together with the mocap water performance being projected onto a scrim which Stamnas then performed against live on stage, taking on the second role of the victim.


Off the back of the success of this piece, the team are now exploring other ways to utilise mocap as part of theatre performances, including real-time motion capture projections and multiple actors at once.


To learn more about Dreamr's performance capture offering please visit: Dreamr Performance Capture

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