Jonas Jongejan

Creative Technologist, currently working at Google Creative Lab in New York

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May 2008
Recoil Performance Group

First collaboration with choreographer Tina Tarpgaard and programmer Ole Kristensen under the name Recoil Performance Group on an interactive dance performance. We were invited to create one of the rooms in a large dance performance called Labyrinth by Danish Dance Theatre. We developed a set of scenes in Processing that created live graphics projected on the floor around the two dancers, and software which tracked the dancers using an infrared camera mounted on the ceiling.

The collaboration in this piece sparked a sustained collaboration between the three of us over many years, during which time we created new performances that worked around the same idea of interactive graphics. And with the first performance we learned a lot about scaling up code to run on a theatre stage, making it easy to tour with around the world.

A video of a very early test of the reactive strings in the performance: