A History of Cuban Dance and other stories… Sundance 2016 New Frontier showcases Vrse.works VR experiences including Chris Milk’s immersive installation, Treachery of Sanctuary
Their chosen work include :
A History of Cuban Dance is a 5 minute visual feast charting the exuberant and spontaneous dances that embody Cuba’s rich cultural heritage directed by multi-award winning documentary filmmaker Lucy Walker - one of the few female directors in the VR space. A History of Cuban Dance takes the viewer on a chronological journey through Afro-Cuban Santería, rumba, mambo, cha-cha-chá, salsa, breakdancing, and reggaeton, with documentary voices offering some lyrical insights into the story of the Cuban people as revealed in the moves. Palpable and transporting, this live-action virtual reality documentary was filmed on location in Cuba and features Ballet de la Televisión Cubana, The National Afro Cuban Ballet, and The Danza Abierta. A History of Cuban Dance was made in association with Pan Galaxy and Broad Green Pictures.
Click Effect follows two renegade marine science researchers as they attempt to free-dive a hundred feet below the ocean’s surface in a single breath, to capture the “click” communication of dolphins and sperm whales—the world’s largest predators.
Made in collaboration with the United Nations, Waves of Grace, follows a young Liberian woman’s struggle to thrive during and after an Ebola epidemic. This is the second in a series of VR films Vrse.works is making in collaboration with the UN to help fight donor fatigue on some of the world’s most pressing challenges. Waves of Grace transports viewers to West Point, the most populous slum in the capital of Liberia, and follows the experiences of Decontee Davis, an Ebola survivor who uses her immunity to help and care for others affected by the disease.
Chris Milk’s immersive Installation, Treachery of Sanctuary, is to be the largest at the event. An interactive triptych telling a story of birth, death, and transfiguration that uses projections of the participants’ own bodies to unlock a new artistic language. Consisting of three 30-foot high white panel frames suspended from the ceiling on which digitally captured shadows are reprojected with a shallow reflecting pool sitting between the viewers and the screens.
All their VR film experiences can be seen at Sundance:
Mobile VR @ New Frontier Exhibition, ClaimJumper, 573 Main St.
Fri 22-29 Jan, 1-5pm
New Frontier Gateway @ VR BAR, 136 Heber Ave on Fri 22-29 Jan, 5.30-8.00 pm & Sat 30 Jan, 1-3pm
Treachery of Sanctuary will be shown at:
Basecamp @ Swede Alley Lot , 475 Swede Alley, Park City, UT
Fri 22-29 Jan