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3DVisA Index of 3D Projects: Dance

Troika Ranch, New York

The Troika Ranch company describes itself as a 'digital dance theater'. Using a variety of sensory devices, video cameras and specialist software, dancers generate three-dimensional imagery while they perform.

Based in New York since 1994, the company’s performances combine dance, theatre, and interactively generated video imagery. It was funded in 1990 by the choreographer Dawn Stopiello and composer/media artist Mark Coniglio. They began their multidisciplinary collaboration while students at the California Institute of the Arts in the mid 1980s. In 1989 Coniglio, a self-taught computer programmer, designed a wireless sensory costume for Stoppiello, called MidiDancer. More recently, Troika Ranch has developed Isadora® software and integrated it with EyesWeb as part of a twelve-point body overlay, to allow the dancers to create and manipulate three-dimensional imagery in real time.

Project dates: Ongoing.

Contributors: Dawn Stopiello, Mark Coniglio et al.

Sources and further details:

The Troika Ranch website.

Record compiled by Anna Bentkowska-Kafel. Last updated: 11 September 2006.

3DVisA gratefully acknowledges the help of ...... with preparation of this record.

© Troika Ranch and 3DVisA, 2006.

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