Using extended-reality to enhance live ballet performances

Project partners: Northern Ballet, Backstage Academy and the University of York

Northern Ballet has been awarded funding by XR Stories to explore the role of extended-reality in ballet.

Leeds-based Northern Ballet is one of the world’s leading narrative ballet companies. They are renowned for classical ballet performances of unexpected stories such as Dracula, Casanova and The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas. In this project, Northern Ballet will be collaborating with training academy, Backstage Academy, and academics from the University of York.

The collaboration will explore how extended-reality can:

  • affect a filmed ballet performance
  • be incorporated into a tradition stage performance
  • work with virtual environments to place ballet in a completely new audience experience.

The project team will create new immersive experiences based on the Northern Ballet’s repertoire of popular narrative ballet. The performance will be aimed at location-based settings, from stately homes to schools to arenas. This work will enable Northern Ballet to reach audiences outside the traditional theatre setting in ways that will create unforgettable theatrical experiences and sustainable routes to market in the future.

This project was funded through the Open XR funding call.

Categories: Arts, Performance