CESNET to interconnect technology and art during a unique music and dance performance

Inspired by Marek Orko Vácha’s book May I Dance My Dance Well under the Stars

Prague, 26 March 2019. The Martinů Hall of the Music and Dance Faculty of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague will host an unusual music and dance performance that will use modern technology to connect artists that will be in different places at the same time at 7:30 pm on Wednesday, 3 April.

The event is part of the international Network Performing Arts Production Workshop (NPAPW19), organised by CESNET together with the Music and Dance Faculty on its premises in Prague from 2 to 4 April. The workshop’s theme will be new technology using advanced electronic infrastructures to teach arts and create extraordinary artistic concepts.

Theatregoers can now see one of such concepts personally in Prague. The performance will combine music played remotely by two organists ‒ Jaroslav Tůma will play in the Church of Saint Lawrence and Martin Poruba in the Church of Saints Simon and Jude. They will be joined by a cimbalom and a recorded played by Jan Rokyta right in the Martinů Hall. The music production will be complemented by two dancers – Adéla Srncová will dance in the Martinů Hall and her colleague Viktória Köhalmi in Kònic Thtr in Barcelona. The picture from Barcelona will be presented as virtual reality.

The joint music and dance improvisation under the title May I Dance My Dance Well under the Stars is based on motifs from a book of the same name written by Marek Orko Vácha, a molecular biologist, scientist, teacher, and catholic priest. He has written a number of books on science, belief in God, medical ethics, and the beauty of the world. His texts inspire deeper reflections on human beings and their place on our planet.

The whole performance will be accompanied by excerpts from the book, which will be projected on the background in the venue. Everything will be combined into a single work of art using two technologies developed by CESNET. These are the MVTP (Modular Video Transmission Platform) hardware and UltraGrid software for audiovisual transmissions with very low added latency.

The performance can also be watched online at: https://www.cesnet.cz/akce/kez-bych-pod-hvezdami-dobre-odtancil-svuj-tanec/.

You can register for the Network Performing Arts Production Workshop (NPAPW19) at: https://eventr.geant.org/events/2937. For more details about the workshop, visit: https://npapws.org/npapw19/.

The CESNET Association was founded by various Czech universities and the Czech Academy of Sciences in 1996. It has built and developed the national CESNET e-infrastructure, which is designed for science, research, and education. The CESNET e-infrastructure includes a computer network, computing grids, data repositories, and an environment for collaboration, and it offers a wide range of services to universities, scientific research facilities, and other institutions. The Association also does its own research and development of information and communications technology and represents the Czech Republic in major international projects, particularly those related to building the pan-European GÉANT network. CESNET places great emphasis on the security of network operations, services, and user data.

Last change: 29.3.2019