Asphyxia : An Enthralling Fusion Of Dance And Technology

In a remarkable effort to merge the art form of dance and motion capture technology, music producer Maria Takeuchi and Graphic designer/director Frederico Phillips have come up with an innovative project called Asphyxia.

Asphyxia, an experimental film project, explores human movement through motion capture technology. The idea behind the project is fairly complex but this is how the official site explains the nitty-gritty of the project:

“Motion data was captured using inexpensive sensors and that data paved the way through an extensive number of steps.  Once all the scanned point cloud data was combined, that was then used as the base for the creative development on the piece.  A series of iterative studies on styles followed and several techniques and dynamic simulations were then applied using a number 3D tools for various results.”

To put it in simple words, this is how team Asphyxia executed it: With the help of Xbox One Kinect sensors, the dance moves of Shiho Tanaka were captured, after which the data was rendered into a photo-realistic environment. This modern project digitally maps the gestures of a dancer produces absolutely ethereal and mesmerizing results.



The Asphyxia project is all about discovering new ways to combine music, dance and technology in a style that one has never been seen before. Calling this a reinvention of dance would definitely not be an overstatement. The flow and rhythm of dance moves are brilliantly illuminated through this enthralling fusion of dance and technology.

The creators of the project call this a new way to combine technologies and different fields without commercial limitations. This exploratory project enchantingly captures the essence of art and power of technology. It is a perfect example of creatively exploring possibilities and expressing without bounds.

To experience the magic of Dance and Motion Capture Technology, take a look at the Asphyxia video here.


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