SLEIGHTING is an unprecedented approach to multimedia performance using real-time motion capture and pre-visualization tools to enable a new breed of performer. It is about showmanship, hype and the future of entertainment.
SLEIGHTING has been presented at the 2015 Slamdance DIG Showcase, the 2014 Live Arts Exchange Festival in Los Angeles, and at the California Institute of the Arts.
Through the ability to pilot avatars before a live audience, SLEIGHTING creates a new type of superstar who is no longer confined to being one personality, but is able to be anyone and everyone. Like the superstar DJ or sportsman who commands arenas full of fans, SLEIGHTING presents itself as a future art and sport, and an event that people descend upon to witness and partake in. In this case, the arena is now the site of reinvention for the event film, and the director is now conductor and performer, empowered through technological extensions of the self.
The show has a running time of around 20 minutes and mainly consists of three sketches in which the spectacle of interfacing with virtual realities drives both narrative and design. Real-time motion capture and pre-visualization tools, typically used in the film and gaming industries, are now used to DJ virtual camera moves and special effects for this live event.
This video features footage from 5 shows performed on April 3rd, 2014 at the California Institute of the Arts where SLEIGHTING was conceived and first performed. SLEIGHTING is Rachel's graduation production from CalArts.
Director, Producer, Dance - Rachel Ho
Video System Design, Creative Direction - Daniel Jackson
Technical Director, Creative Direction - John Brennan
Original Music, Creative Direction - DJ Petroleum Jelly (aka Julian Petschek)
Digital Set Design - Lionel Williams
Video System Assistant, Motion Graphics - Ting Zhang
Mocap Mentor - Michael Scroggins