Parallax Megan Beckwith
For ages: All
“Beckwith is animation designer, choreographer and performer in this tech-savvy piece, which uses stereoscopic projections and 3D glasses to take dance into a very digital world.” …“The effects are dazzling”… “Beckwith is something of a trailblazer, as she employs game-style navigation for her digital world.” Chloe Smethurst, The Age
Parallax is a daring dance and digital technology experience by one of Australia’s most innovative performance artists. This live contemporary dance and animation show is set within a virtual computer-generated environment and transforms what is possible with illusions that are dazzling. A woman drinks a green drink, the hallway she is standing in becomes a portal. She is transported through a series of abstract environments where imagery appears to interact with her and the audience. Each world she enters is different, sometimes foreboding, sometimes wondrous. This one-woman show combines 3D imagery that projects out from the screen with live dance performance. The audience feels like they can reach out and touch the animation floating in space. The immersive show takes the audience on a journey to new digital worlds. Beckwith has both choreographed the dance, and animated the visuals. The show emerged from her PhD research, which focused on developing 3D illusions for theatre. Based on discoveries in neuroscience, the animation activates your visual motor system and packs a powerful theatrical punch.
Marketing selling points
Parallax, is a visually stunning show that wows the audience, who can’t quite believe what they are seeing. Using cutting edge technology the show crosses the boundary between dance performance and virtual reality. Star Trek’s holodeck is real and Parallax is where Sci-Fi meets dance. The illusions take the audience to digital worlds not possible in reality. Parallax is a new form of performance that combines science and art that looks to the affect of technology in our lives. Choreographed and animated by Megan, Parallax brings her love for dance, digital culture and gaming into one live performance.
Key audience and marketing notes
Parallax appeals to traditional contemporary dance audiences particularly those who enjoyed Chunky Move’s Glow and Mortal Engine. The show also attracts those who have an interest in visual illusions, gaming, animation, science fiction, virtual reality, digital technology and cyberculture. Examples in Melbourne include communities such as the Melbourne Media Lab Network, VR Meet-Up Network, and the Geek Girl Academy.
Community Engagement activities
Megan is a registered teacher and is experienced in running workshops such as: contemporary dance and choreographic developments; animation and projection for theatre workshops; introduction to Blender 3D and Unity software. Other activities could include: gaming in the foyer before the show or on the big screen center stage; a community performance of a digital dance work before the main show. These activities could be delivered over a series of weeks, or a one-off event and can be aligned to the Victorian Curriculum F-10, VCE Dance, VCE Media and VET Dance assessments.
What is this?
|Technical specifications||Download Now|
|Theatre formats||Proscenium Arch, Black Box, Thrust, Flat Floor and Hall|
|Bump in (hours)||4|
|Bump out (hours)||2|
• Due to the extensive use of projection, the show uses a simple lighting set up • 5 LED par cans in total • Basic 12 channel dimmer required • Control position in standard FOH location • Full blackout in the theatre and auditorium • See lighting design: http://bit.ly/ParallaxTech
• 1 x FOH PA with coverage for the whole audience • 1x stage fold-back • All cabling and amplification (if not self-powered) to control position, as required • Control position in standard FOH location near to the lighting desk in reaching distance • 3.5mm headphone jack from computer to mixing desk • We tour with our own laptop
The stereoscopic screen is self-supporting and sits on the stage, and the dancer performs in front of the screen. The screen needs to be supported with sandbags at the bottom and a bar at the top. If there is not a bar, we have a French brace in the screen travelling kit.
Stage dimensions (meters)
|Width: 7||Height: 4|
|Depth: 2||Wing space: 1 or less|
Our technician will be responsible for the stereoscopic technical set, and our performer is also an expert in 3D projection. The theatre’s crew does not need help with the stereoscopic focussing beyond rigging the projection cradle and plug in the cables.