Béjart Ballet Lausanne relies on KineMotion
Wednesday, 13 November 2019
bbldixit-creditgregorybatardond1a1062-lowThe Béjart Ballet Lausanne gave new performances of Dixit this summer (photo: Gregory Batardon)
Switzerland - In the summer of 2019, the Béjart Ballet Lausanne gave new performances of Dixit, the ‘cinema-ballet-theatre’ show written and directed by Marc Hollogne, in tribute to its founder, Maurice Béjart. To take the audience on the choreographer's story and work, the company relied on Modulo Kinetic and its real-time tracking module, KineMotion.
To pay tribute to its creator, the Béjart Ballet Lausanne worked with Marc Hollogne to write and direct Dixit, a show that combines dance, acting and video projection to tell the story of Maurice Béjart's life and work.
To bring this show to life, the Béjart Ballet Lausanne used Modulo Kinetic, Modulo Pi's media server solution, as well as KineMotion, its real-time tracking plug-in.
Lucas Borgeaud, technical director of Béjart Ballet Lausanne, reports: “We had already used video in some of our ballets, but never on this scale. For this show, the video is almost at the same level as the dance. That's a first.”
The show is performed on a 13m stage on which two screens are freely moved by the dancers and actors and tracked in real time. In addition, there are three screens suspended on DMX hoist in the theatre fly loft.
A 30,000-lumen PT-RQ32 video-projector from Panasonic deals with the projection. Media is projected onto a 13m wide by 7m high frame, the projection alternating between the entire frame, the three suspended screens, and the two tracked screens on stage in real time.
Borgeaud explains: "The screens serve as bubbles that help to understand the history of the Béjart Ballet Lausanne. They are moved over the entire surface of the stage. The characters are projected on an anatomical scale to interact with the actors and dancers on stage. These screens also allow to broadcast different sequences and flashbacks. Modulo Kinetic is in charge of tracking and mapping images on the right location according to their position in the frame.”
The three screens suspended in the theatre fly loft are controlled by a light desk. The desk values are then sent in DMX to Modulo Kinetic so that the image projected on the suspended screens follows the movements controlled via the lighting console.
When Dixit was created in 2018, Béjart Ballet Lausanne was the first entity to use KineMotion, the optical tracking solution developed for Modulo Kinetic, even before the module's official release in September 2019. "If we go back to the creation of Dixit more than a year ago, there were very few infrared tracking solutions available on the market," notes Borgeaud. "Modulo Kinetic was reliable and usable for live shows. Small infrared emitters are positioned on the screens. Cameras film these emitters and make it possible to relay the position of the frames in Modulo Kinetic's 3D space. It is the media server that calculates and allows to map and track each screen in real time.”
Specially designed to integrate with Modulo Kinetic, the KineMotion module offers high calibration accuracy and low latency, which are both essential for live shows such as Dixit.
Performances of Dixit are planned in Belgium and Hong Kong. "The show is a great success because we tell the story of Maurice Béjart's life in three dimensions. It's an experience," concludes Lucas Borgeaud.
(Jim Evans)

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