‘Parallax’ is a contemporary dance work that integrates human movement, animation and 3D illusions using 3D CGI Experience the intersection of 3D imaginary worlds with live performance.
The live contemporary dance and animation performance is set within virtual computer-generated 3D environments. The audience is supplied with 3D glasses to view the 3D imagery that appears to come out of the wall and dance with the performer. The audience also feels like they can reach out and touch the images.
‘Parallax’ has been created by Melbourne based choreographer and animator Dr Megan Beckwith. A trained professional dance artist, Beckwith has been developing hybrid works that integrate live performance and projected animation since 2004. ‘Parallax’ includes 3D stereoscopic projection, representing the latest development in Beckwith’s ongoing exploration of the creative potential of integrating live dance with computer animation.
Described by The Age newspaper as a ‘trailblazer’, her work has also been featured in the uber-cool UK-based blog Prosthetic Knowledge and picked up by the Tumblr Radar. The computer game culture magazine Kill Screen noted that her work ‘opens a rabbit hole of accelerating conceptual possibilities’. In 2016 Beckwith won the Midsumma inaugural Australia Post Art Prize for the animated dance work, Torso. In 2018 she was awarded a commission to develop Parallax through the Gasworks Arts Park’s, Small Gems project.
Refreshments and a conversation with the artists will follow the performance.