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Relax the Chimp


Relax The Chimp is an experimental dance party for festivals where both trained an untrained bodies are invited to experiment, play and get physical. You know that one song that never fails to get you moving? The one that drags you, kicking and screaming on to the dance floor? Add to that your own larger than life avatar dancing with you, and you have a situation where dancing is not optional!

Relax the Chimp is an outdoor immersive dance environment featuring an interactive software program that projects the body onto large screens in a variety of avatar and abstract forms. Relax The Chimp will let your inner dancer free in an environment where there is no right or wrong, nor any limits on age, ability or style. Relax the Chimp was developed as a partnership between Tasdance and UTAS for the 2016 Junction Arts Festival. The technology behind Relax the Chimp is a unique application designed to pick up cues from your body and movements and relay them in a larger than life form on the big screen. Think of a mashup of Snapchat, Nintendo Wii Just Dance and Motion Capture, in real time, on a stadium sized screen. You can join in as a dancer or a watcher, but be warned, you might just get inspired by a beat, a dance or a flash mob and find you just can’t resist being drawn into the dance! So come and play with us, relax your chimp and see your avatar dance on the big screen.


Artistic Direction: Felicity Bott


Paul Wakelam


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Junction Arts Festival