Wednesday, March 15, 2023

Adjunct professors Jason Schadt (MFA 2008) and Juliet Remmers (MFA 2022) are working on exciting research with Electrical and Computer Engineering professors Mona Garvin and Tyler Bell and Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation Science professor Ruth Chimenti. The project, entitled Towards an Immersive Community-Based VR/AR Ballet Performance Using Computer Vision, includes 3D motion capture of ballet movements on stage and in a laboratory setting.

Garvin (principal investigator) with Schadt and Chimenti (co-principal investigators) received $25,000 in grant funding from the University of Iowa NEXT Stages Community Feasibility Grant. Schadt is Artistic Director of UI Youth Ballet and Community Dance School, and Remmers is a ballet instructor in the program.

Douglas Baker, accompanist in the Department of Dance has been commissioned to compose and perform original music for the project.