On March 9, Pixvana and Pacific Northwest Ballet debuted our collaborative virtual reality ballet film – SILENT RESONANCE – at PNB’s annual fundraiser, Pointe to the Stars. The fundraiser benefits the PNB STARS ballet school scholarship fund for talented young dancers.
For many attendees, SILENT RESONANCE, viewed in the Google Daydream, was their first VR experience. HTC also sponsored the event, demoing the HTC Vive. Ballet lovers of all ages, from long-time patrons of PNB to young recipients of the PNB Stars scholarships, experienced the emotional transportability of VR and how seamlessly live performance transitions from the stage to a headset.
The SILENT RESONANCE ballet dancers, Emma Love Suddarth and Miles Pertl, watched their own performances in VR for the first time alongside guests.
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Price Suddarth, SILENT RESONANCE choreographer and PNB Company Dancer, and Scott Squires, our CTO and SILENT RESONANCE director, spoke about the production of this innovative project and the role that VR can play in reaching new audiences for the arts.
For additional coverage of the event, be sure to watch the KING5 News spot.
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With guests walking away excited about VR’s place in the arts, we have a feeling this is only the beginning of VR’s love affair with ballet!