Dance Meets Motion Capture In This Otherworldly Performance

Artists Maria Takeuchi and Frederico Phillips' Asphyxia is more than an experimental dance film; it's also one of the more creative uses of Xbox One Kinect's motion-data capture capabilities we've seen. » 3/09/15 10:20am 3/09/15 10:20am

Watch The Astonishing Tribal Dances Of Ivory Coast

One of Ivory Coast's biggest festivals is Fêtes des Masques, in which villages compete to find the best dancers, and it's clear that the competition is stiff. The traditional dances of many Ivorian regions require remarkable feats of athleticism, of accentuated by elaborate outfits and masks » 1/12/15 3:00pm 1/12/15 3:00pm

Watch These Simple Vector Graphics Utterly Transform a Modern Dance

Marvel at these excerpts from Pixel, a modern dance performance that looks like it's taking place inside the computers of Tron. It's so simple, and yet it's utterly captivating. » 1/05/15 12:30pm 1/05/15 12:30pm

You'll Adore The Winner Of This Year's Dance Your Ph.D. Contest

Each year, the Dance Your Ph.D. contest challenges scientists to express their research through the medium of dance. Yeah, not easy. So you can image the lengths that contest winner Uma Nagendra had to go through to convey her paper on the beneficial ecological effects of tornadoes. » 11/03/14 3:40pm 11/03/14 3:40pm

Cirque Du Soleil Choreographed A Dance For Drones And It's Pure Magic

What happens when you get Cirque du Soleil to produce a performance by robotic quadcopters? You get this incredibly charming video about an electricians whose workshop is suddenly filled with dancing lampshades. » 9/24/14 3:00pm 9/24/14 3:00pm

Yale Offers A Course That's Cross-Listed Between Physics & Theatre Arts

Class is held in a dance studio equipped with a white board, and students are tasked with calculating their choreography and dancing their equations. » 6/29/14 11:10am 6/29/14 11:10am

Can You Dance Like a T. Rex?

The Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of Natural History is adding a T. rex to their collections, and to celebrate it, they've had Ray Troll and The Ratfish Wranglers record a song that they're calling "National Rex." What they need is a dance that goes along with it - a T. Rex Two-Step, if you will. » 4/08/14 8:32pm 4/08/14 8:32pm

Bourne's Sleeping Beauty: The Vampire Ballet No One Knew Was Needed

A few weeks ago, Matthew Bourne's Sleeping Beauty: A Gothic Romance ended its tour in Los Angeles, California. Much has been made of the way the well-known story was changed, but what was really striking was that the ballet actually felt like the natural collision of two of the biggest trends of the last decade:… » 12/22/13 1:00pm 12/22/13 1:00pm

Dance Your PhD finalists have been announced, and they are GLORIOUS

Every year, Science's Dance your PhD competition challenges grad students past and present to convey their dissertations with interpretive dance. Finalists for this year's competition were just announced, and yes, they are amazing. » 11/09/13 11:00am 11/09/13 11:00am

This fashion show is like a glimpse of the future

Fashion designer Rick Owens debuted his new line in Paris this week with this incredible, futuristic show featuring steppers. It's absolutely mesmerizing, and reminds me of Afro-futurist art or the movie Born in Flames. Just gorgeous. » 9/27/13 4:32pm 9/27/13 4:32pm

Comment of the Day: Dark Carnival Edition

In comments today, we talked about a nightmare clown stalking an English hamlet, looked at the role (or lack thereof) of fortune-telling in scifi, and watched dancers battling errant beams of light. But this comment from Steve Climaco drove a tiny clown car straight into my heart. » 9/17/13 4:20pm 9/17/13 4:20pm

Watch this dancer do battle with a beam of light

Feast your eyes on Nuance, a captivating short by artist Marc-Antoine Locatelli that features dancer Lucas Boirat interacting with an ever-morphing army of frenetic photons. » 9/17/13 6:46am 9/17/13 6:46am

In this intense short, a ballerina dances in shoes made of knives

This short film En Puntas, by Javier Pérez, is one of the most intense wordless stories you'll ever watch. A ballerina — or perhaps a doll in a vast music box? — is forced to dance in toe shoes tipped by enormous butcher knives. The result is incredible, poetic, and chilling. » 8/30/13 9:26am 8/30/13 9:26am

A mesmerizing ballet performed by dead insects and spiders

If creepy crawlies freak you out, you might want to skip this video. But if you're fascinated by animated films that do something unusual with their medium, take a few minutes to watch The Death of an Insect, an animated dance performed by bits of dead bugs. » 8/25/13 10:00am 8/25/13 10:00am

Wearable prostheses turn dancers into musical instruments

The Instrumented Bodies project creates prosthetic musical instruments that create sound based on the movement of the wearer's body. They also appear as cyborg extensions of the body, luminescent spinal cords, visors, and rib cage attachments. » 8/18/13 11:00am 8/18/13 11:00am

The 2013 "Dance Your Ph.D." competition has officially begun!

Why Dubstep Comes From the Future

Dubstep doesn't get much love these days, but that hasn't stopped it from dominating the top 40 charts. Here's the story of where dubstep came from and why there's more to it than meets the ear. » 4/05/13 3:40pm 4/05/13 3:40pm

Watch two warriors battle it out with massive bolts of electricity

Holy crap this is excellent. Many of you are probably familiar with the intimidating crackle and flash of electricity-generating Tesla coils — but watch what happens when you combine them with wearable suits that behave like Faraday cages. It's like watching a shootout between Raiden and Emperor Palpatine. » 11/05/12 6:40am 11/05/12 6:40am

Ph.D. students explain their research using interpretive dance, results…

Have you ever wished you could deliver your Ph.D. thesis in the form of dance? There's a competition for that. For half a decade, scientists from all over the globe have been participating in Science's annual Dance Your Ph.D. contest. This year's winners were just announced, and they are every bit as excellent as… » 10/16/12 12:03pm 10/16/12 12:03pm

Bask in the infectious joy of San Francisco's Dance Party Robot

If you're in San Francisco today, you might want to boogie on down to Dolores Park at 3pm for the Dance Party Robot's Robot Dance Party. If you're not in the area, you can still enjoy this video of the Dance Party Robot encouraging others to swing their hips like no robot's watching. » 6/23/12 1:30pm 6/23/12 1:30pm