A general view of various ways in which virtual dance can be understood is presented in the first part of this article. It then appraises the uses of the term ‘virtual’ in previous studies of digital dance. A more in-depth view of virtual dance as it relates to motion-capture is offered, and key issues are discussed regarding computer animation, digital imaging, motion signature, virtual reality and interactivity. The paper proposes that some forms of virtual dance be defined in relation to both digital technologies and contemporary theories of virtuality.
Article first published in ‘Contemporary Aestherics’, V. 9 (2011) as open access article, distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License