Dr. Miao Song, an affiliated professor at Concordia, deployed software implemented as part of her PhD, Illimitable Space System (ISS) in the play called, “Like Shadows". This play is a collaborative theatre production by Beijing, China based Central Academy of Drama and Concordia University, and is supported by travel grant of Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec.

The performance was staged to the public in Beijing from April 3rd to April 12th, 2014 with about 900 audience
in attendance per show.

The play was originally written and directed by the renowned theater director Dr. Stan Lai at Stanford University and premiered at the National Theater in Taipei in 2007. Based on the original play, Professors Ruru Ding and Shan Li at The Central Academy of Drama, Beijing, recreated and redirected this piece with the students in the Theatre Direction program for the current generation.

Dr. Miao Song, is presently an Affiliate Assistant Professor with the Computer Science and Software Engineering (CSE) department and a member of the Centre for Oral History and Digital Storytelling (COHDS) at Concordia University. She was in charge of the real-time interactive media for digital visual effects of stage design and presentation with the deployment of the research-creation. It is arguably the very first time that real-time interactive media is used for a traditional theatre production in China.

This collaborative work was supported by CALQ (Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec), the OVPRGS (Office of Vice-President, Research & Graduate Studies), Computer Science and Software Engineering Department, Hexagram Concordia, District 3 Innovation Center at Concordia University, Montreal and the Theatre Direction Department at the Central Academy of Drama, Beijing.

Related work:
- ISS Demo Hour, at ACM Interactions, p.11: http://dx.doi.org/10.1145/2621929
- Poster at GI'14, p. 3: http://cs.mcgill.ca/~kry/gi2014/GI2014PosterProceedings.pdf

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