Display Past event Saturday, 18 September 2021 – Sunday, 26 September 2021

Sonzai

Experience this mixed reality display which illustrates a new way to engage with dance

+44 (0)20 7942 2000
  • Paintings Gallery, Room 87, V&A South Kensington

  • Free event

Sonzai photo

Sonzai, from Director Roland Lane, is a mixed-reality experience celebrating the power of dance. Viewed through Microsoft’s HoloLens 2 spatial computing headset, stunning visuals inspired by heightened brain activity triggered by dancing surround a performing hologram.

Created by Prodigious and using the Unreal Games Engine, the work features performer and choreographer Maëva Berthelot, whose performance was filmed by leading volumetric capture studio, Dimension. This ambitious exhibit showcases the very latest in immersive technology and presents a new way to engage with performance art, elevating this piece of work to the truly spectacular. This is the world premiere of this work, programmed as part of London Design Festival and coinciding with the exhibition ‘On Point: Royal Academy of Dance at 100’ in the V&A Theatre and Performance Galleries.

Note: the display will also be open during our Friday Late on 24th September until 22.00.

Concept & Direction: Roland Lane
Dance Performance & Choreography: Maëva Berthelot
Real-Time Design & VFX: Andy McNamara & Chris Lumsdale at Prodigious
Volumetric Capture: Dimension
Developer & Mixed-Reality Evangelist: Pete Daukintis
Spatial 3D Sound & Music: Scott Marshall at Bamsound Creative
Volumetric Video Technology by Microsoft Mixed Reality Capture Studios
Special Thanks to Microsoft, our HoloLens 2 device sponsor
Sonzai is supported by Epic Games & Arts Council England

Background image: Concept image of ‘Sonzai’ © Roland Lane