UniSA and Adelaide College of the Arts team up to produce virtual reality dance work

Spheres: a Dance for Virtual Reality in progress. Image courtesy of Simon Biggs

Digital Transformations at UniSA teams up with Adelaide College of the Arts to produce a virtual reality dance work

Choreographer Sarah Neville and the final year Dance cohort from the Adelaide College of the Arts have found a home this month in the School of Art, Architecture and Design’s Creative Computing Studio. Part of the Digital Transformations research concentration, the Creative Computing Studio is taking part in a new approach to dance that explores its potential for growth in a digital environment.

The collaboration will produce a new dance work, employing advanced motion capture and visualisation techniques, to be experienced in virtual reality in late 2019 at the Adelaide College of the Arts graduation performances and events.

A diverse, cross-disciplinary team of creatives, engineers, scientists, and academics has been brought together for Sarah’s new work, Spheres: a Dance for Virtual Reality. A cotutelle PhD student at Deakin University in Australia and Coventry University in the UK, Sarah’s research explores Dance Transmission within digital simulation environments and virtual reality platforms.

The project represents an exciting collaboration between Adelaide College of the Arts, Flinders University, and the Creative Computing Studio at the University of South Australia, fostering creative research outputs across the three institutions.

Investigating how it feels to dance in immersive digital environments through the use of motion capture and virtual reality technology, the creative team invites the viewer to experience contemporary dance first-hand.


The project team includes:

Sarah Neville – Director

Daish Malani – VR Interaction

Michael Russo – Motion Capture Consultation

Alexander Degaris-Boot – Motion Capture Consultation

Matthew Thomas – Composer

James Wilson – Game Engine Design


Simon Biggs and Alexander Degaris-Boot, Creative Computing Studio, University of South Australia

David Hobbs, College of Science and Engineering, Flinders University

Theodor Wyeld, College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences, Flinders University

Peter Sheedy and Lisa Heaven, Dance Department, Adelaide College of the Arts