Ballet vs tech: using virtual reality to combat empty theatres

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Ballet vs tech: using virtual reality to combat empty theatres

04. 04. 2017 15:00

From symphonies to opera to dance, theatre attendance numbers worldwide have been in a steady decline. This has largely been to the increasing age in average theatre-goer. So how can classical forms of performed art fight back against statistics? One avenue is the use of new technology called virtual reality. Gavin Shoebridge investigates how the Slovak National Theatre has merged this budding technology with ballet with curious result, even putting it to some harsh critics: the staff at Radio Slovakia International.

Virtual Reality at the Slovak National Theatre
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You can use your mouse to adjust your point of view in the following video.

If you want to see the video for yourself in virtual reality, you'll need the following:

1: A modern Android smartphone or iPhone.

2: A headset which holds your phone in front of your face.

3: The free application called Google Cardboard (available from the Google Play store or Apple Store).

Gavin Shoebridge, Photo: Pixabay.com/Indy0333

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