From real to virtual embodied performance – a case study between dance and technology

João Martinho Moura, Né Barros, Paulo Ferreira-Lopes. ISEA 2019


Co:Lateral is an artistic project that aims to explore the means offered by digital technologies in performance. We conceptualized, developed and implemented a digital artifact, resulting in a digital performance based on the structure of realities born of a body and its double in movement. In this project, authors carried out a research and experimentation process in close collaboration with a contemporary dance company, in order to design the relation between real and virtual body and extend it in a relationship of intimacy with interactive virtual reality. The performative discourse that resulted from this dialogue allows a poetic impulse that evokes moments of the death of the swan immersed in an immaterial space of light and projection: a phantom of a dance file that now returns to a reality of illusory imprisonment. We will make a general introduction to digital art and interactivity, introducing the concept of digital performance and its contextualization in digital and contemporary art.

Digital Performance, Virtual Reality, Dance, Embodiment, Cyberspace, Media Arts

ISEA 2019

Publication details:

Moura, João Martinho; Barros, Né; Ferreira-Lopes, Paulo. 2019.
From real to virtual embodied performance – a case study between dance and technology.
Proceedings of the 25th International Symposium on Electronic Art – ISEA 2019 ‘Lux Aeterna’.  Park, J; Nam, J.; Park J.W. (Eds). p370-377. Gwangju, Republic of Korea.
ISBN: 979-11-87275-06-0

Book chapter
Research conducted at School of Arts, CITAR, Universidade Católica Portuguesa and Balleteatro, Porto. 

[ISEA 2019 Conference]

Performance in Virtual Reality. Co:Lateral (2016-2019). Né Barros and João Martinho Moura