#dancelab @ DAM


Dancelab was an interactive dance experience at the Denver Art Museum, running from July 10th to October 2nd, 2016. The exhibit was built in collaboration by the DAM, Legwork Studio, Wonderbound, Mode Set, Display Devices and Dynamite Laserbeam. News report above from Denver's CBS 4 station.

A collaboration between the DAM, Wonderbound dance company, and Legwork Studio, #dancelab is a participatory dance experience, where you, the visitor, are invited to follow dance steps choreographed exclusively for this installation. Then see your movements projected in large format, into an MTV-like music video for all to see. No dance experience or skills are needed.

The #dancelab experience is intended to get to the heart of dance as a universal mode of expression. #dancelab evokes the ephemeral, and social aspect of dance. It is about the thrill, pure joy, and delight that music and dance can bring.

For all partners involved, the project was defined to by two key ideas: 1) to make dance as accessible as possible, free from the notions of peer pressure or expertise and 2) to create a build and experience that would bring community together. And it's certainly doing that. We've noticed that people are even dancing in groups, and taking "ussies." (Use the hashtag #dancelab to share your experience of the installation online and see the videos and photos others are sharing.)

- Denver Art Museum

Capture Stations

Image courtesy of Denver Art Museum

Capture Station UI

Playback App

The Results

Image courtesy of Ben Chwirka @ Legwork

Process / Behind-the-scenes

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