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Tamara Rojo to star in Giselle-inspired virtual reality video

Tamara Rojo. Photo: Jeff Gilbert Tamara Rojo. Photo: Jeff Gilbert
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Tamara Rojo is to star in a virtual reality video inspired by Akram Khan’s Giselle, which promises to allow audiences to “experience ballet in an entirely different way”.

The content, called Giselle VR, has been hailed as the beginning of a new way of engaging with audiences and bringing dance to more people.

English National Ballet, of which Rojo is artistic director, has partnered with Sky to create the two-minute piece, a 360-degree video that will become one of the first pieces of content on Sky’s new VR app, launching next month.

In the video, which features original choreography by Khan, users will be able to see Rojo moving around the space, “leaving behind a 3D trail of light and dust which will show the course of her movements”.

Giselle VR is created by Factory 42, a new company formed by former Sky Arts director John Cassy and director Daniel Smith.

The piece is the company’s first commission. Its aim is to create multi-platform stories using a variety of technologies, including VR.

Rojo said: “Collaborating with Sky and Factory 42 on Giselle VR has been an incredible experience. Ballet, more than any other art form, has the ability to be reinterpreted and transformed, and this is vital to drive our art form forward. This platform provides another wonderful opportunity for us to engage with new audiences, and show ballet in a unique and exciting way.”

Khan described VR as “unchartered territory with immense possibilities”.

“It’s incredibly exciting to have worked with Sky and Factory 42 on Giselle VR, and to plant a small seed, that in future could grow and offer new ways of presenting dance,” he said.

Khan’s Giselle, his first full-length ballet, is currently touring the UK.

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