Research and Development of an Interdisciplinary Performance Involving Dance, Music and Robotics (GRAVITACIJA)


Project no.: MIP-098/2013

Project description:

This project aims at developing a conceptual background and realization plan for an interdisciplinary performance involving dance, music and robotics. The key object of the study is a custom-built robotic motion platform, in this project used for composing and experiencing kinetic journeys engaging the whole body. In the performance, the public will be invited to sit strapped to the device, and ride it, while experiencing ‘choreographed’ multi-sensorial compositions of movements, sounds and dance imagery. Part a kinetic sculpture, part an amusement ride, part a vehicle simulator, and even part a medical disorientation device, this platform will employ the experiences of dancers, acrobats, pilots, astronauts, transporting the ‘riders’ to unique aesthetic realms where dance and music penetrates
the innards, and spectators are confused with performers. The creative and scholarly nature of the project is largely interdiciplinary and will involve a team consisting of a producer, dance critic, composer, interactive artist, amusement ride psychologist, choreographer, dancers, software engineers, robotic engineers and neurologists. Thus the motion base will also serve as a collaborative discoursive platform for contemplating and sharing diverse knowledge from a wide field of subjects such as motion aesthetics, spectatorship, technologies and arts, and bodily knowledge. The realization plan of the performance will be an intellectual foundation for the project’s production: series of performances open to public. The project will be developed as a mobile package for touring performances to dance, music and new media art festivals worldwide.

Project funding:

Projects funded by the Research Council of Lithuania (RCL), Projects carried out by researchers’ teams

Project results:

During the project research and preparation of the feasibility study on the implementation of the robotic platform, the idea and planned production description of the cross-cutting performance art work was created:
– conceptualization;
– implementation plan;
– visualization of the project description (sketches, film, layout);
– conceptual compositions of choreography, music and kinetic platform movements;
– publications.
The project was presented at the following electronic arts and contemporary dance festivals:
– CYNETART – Dresden International Festival of Computer Art;
– International Contemporary Dance Show in Düsseldorf NRW.

Project coordinator: Kaunas University of Technology

Vytenis Sinkevičius

2013 - 2014

Panevėžys Faculty of Technologies and Business, Technology and Entrepreneurship Competence Centre

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