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David Heller
David Heller
David Heller is the founder and President and CEO of IBSystems, Inc , MCADCafe's parent company. Always curious and on the look out for 'cool tech' he enjoys thinking outside the box and sharing his discoveries with you.

Dance and VR Merge With a Little Help from Dassault Systemes

June 21st, 2013 by David Heller

Earlier this week, a performance took place in Paris that merged the worlds of art and 3D technology in a way that will forever change how dance is presented and enjoyed by audiences.

The performance, known as “Mr. and Mrs. Dream” followed the story of two characters who have escaped from the imagination of their author, Eugène Ionesco, and wander through his plays like stages of their lives. They pass through time, reinvent their history, dream of their love, and measure themselves against reality in the space of a moment.

The performance was conceived and produced by two celebrated choreographer–dancers, Marie-Claude Pietragalla and Julien Derouault ( – and 3D design technology company Dassault Systèmes ( The company helped them visually translate the story, designing the sets for each scene. Immersive virtual reality and interactivity specialists took on the challenge of creating a “magical box” in which the virtual world would unfold and into which Mr. & Mrs. Dream would be plunged, live on stage. The set design became a third character, in symbiosis with the dancers.

What makes this so interesting is that the same 3D design technologies that were designed to be used for big industrial projects, such as the creation of a jet airplane or the latest automobile, can also be used to create a work of art that evokes nuances of feeling, provokes emotional responses, highlights the beauty of movement, and enhances the magic of such a show.

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