Trees is an interactive virtual world designed to be a stage for live dance performance and also an interactive installation. The dance piece utilizes both improvisational and choreographed movement in relation to the interactive space.
The space lets participants become the wind, as they interact and shape trees living within virtual space. Trees is an exploration in the interface between alternate worlds: the physical and the virtual. There is a flexibility in virtual space, you can break the rules and rapidly explore the possibilities of living organisms that make forms and motions inconceivable in reality. Trees invites viewers into a virtual world with its own sense of time, physical laws, and life forms and gives participants the power to shape what they see with their bodies.
Having this piece as both a performance and an interactive installation is intended to both show case the potentials of how one can interact with a world using their whole body and to encourage other participants to move in their own unique ways. The dancers become mystical guides for participants to explore the world and encourage improvisational collaboration. The goal is to make everyone the artist.
How do we link ordinary reality to the virtual in order to open a channel for the communication and transportation of ideas and forms between the two? Is it possible that exploring a virtual world with our physical bodies could make our reality more alive?