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RAM Workshop

In 2016 dancers, artists, circus performers and choreographers experimented with RAM developed by YCAM from Japan. RAM uses motion capture sensors to create real-time visual feedback through virtual environments.


Image: Shamphat Photography

Image: Shamphat Photography

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Akiko Takeshita

Akiko joined Watershed on a secondment from her role as Performing Arts & Technology Producer at Yamaguchi Centre for Arts and Media (YCAM).
co-founder and artistic director of Rusty Squid

David McGoran

David is a co-founder and artistic director of Rusty Squid
Laura Kriefman, photo by Paul Blakemore

Laura Kriefman

Laura Kriefman is the founder and Creative Director of Hellion Trace.
Lisa May Thomas

Lisa May Thomas

Lisa May Thomas is a contemporary dance artist who has worked extensively with body-technology relations in performance-making practices
Phill Tew

Phill Tew

Philip Tew is a curious blend of programmer and digital artist, leveraging skills gathered from an early age and honed in industry to create artworks that play with generative processing, physical modelling, real-time…

Chanti Hobbit


Chisato Minamimura


Chryssa Varna


Jess Thom


Joumana Mourad


Takayuki Ito


Yohei Miura


In 2016 dancers, artists, circus performers and choreographers attended a workshop at Watershed to experiment with the Reactor for Awareness in Motion (RAM) developed by YCAM in Japan. RAM uses motion capture sensors to create real-time visual feedback through virtual environments.

Reactor for Awareness in Motion (RAM) is a project developed by YCAM that we feel particularly resonates with Watershed’s work, its community, and the wider dance and choreography sector in the UK. After initial discussions with creative practitioners, there was clearly a strong desire in the sector for an opportunity to explore the affordances of RAM.

With support from Daiwa Foundation and British Council we were able to bring RAM to the UK. In February 2016, we welcomed workshop participants chosen through an open call to work with Watershed and YCAM’s creative technologists and producers to start to explore RAM’s capabilities of developing new techniques of choreographing movement through new technologies dealing with motion data.

Reactor for Awareness in Motion (RAM) focuses on creating and shaping dance movement with real-time digital feedback. RAM Toolkit is a suite of tools designed specifically to capture dancers’ motion data, and to generate and operate a virtual environment that responds to movement to inspire and affect choreography. To find out more about RAM please visit YCAM’s website.


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