‘Dance Tonite’ – collaborative dancing in VR
‘Dance Tonite’ features the new song ‘Tonite’ by American rockband LCD Soundsystem. In it, you go from room to room, experiencing a series of dance performances created entirely by fans. Using a new technology called WebVR, the experience is accessible from a single URL and works across platforms, giving the user a different role in the experience depending on their device.
With Daydream View or other handheld VR headsets, you are on stage watching the experience unfold around you. With room-scale VR such as the HTC VIVE or Oculus Rift (which enable your physical movements to be reflected in your virtual environment), you are a performer. And without VR, you are in the audience getting a bird’s eye view perspective.
Dance Tonite was created by artists Jonathan Puckey and Moniker in collaboration with the Data Arts Team, a specialized team within Google exploring the ongoing dialogue between artists and emerging technologies.