Dancing Illusion at ISE 2018

Creating the Show: Tracking Holographic Dancing Robots in "Senses"

CATEGORIES Entertainment Specials

Photos: Sina Sohn

Combining Hi-Tech Tracking, Videomapping, Holographs and Emotions

February 2018 RAI, Amsterdam Visit website


Painting with Light was commissioned by Panasonic to produce a high-impact multimedia live show for their booth at this year’s ISE (Integrated Systems Europe) expo at Amsterdam RAI.

Creative director Luc Peumans had initiated the idea of simultaneous tracking and projecting onto multiple objects for last year’s show … resulting in a dynamic live performance piece that combined a number of cutting-edge technologies, illustrating their capabilities together with the flexibility of Panasonic’s latest projectors.

This year, Luc wanted to take it one step further and create a more graphical show and something that was even more technically ambitious.

He conceived and developed a special 6 minute movement piece called “Senses” in collaboration with show director Frank de Wulf and choreographer Roy Julien, and presented this to Hartmut Kulessa and Thomas Vertommen from Panasonic’s visual systems marketing.


Luc amassed a Painting with Light team to produce bespoke video content and design a projection show and system based around two dancers, four projection boxes, 12 projectors and a new generation of holographic screens from Novalines.

Integrated into the show was BlackTrax real-time motion tracking, with disguise gx2 media servers sitting at the heart of the system to handle all the playback video and camera feeds and output them via the projectors to a selection of different surfaces.

The dancers - Gill Require & Anthony Benjamin – wore bespoke suits with sewn-in neon lines that were activated by blacklight, plus remote controlled EL-wire light effects. The dancers were also fitted with BlackTrax beacons and trackers so their movement and images could be captured by eight BlackTrax cameras positioned in the corners of each box.
The positional data from the dancers’ movements processed by the BlackTrax system was fed into the disguise server, and, using Notch real-time generated content, mapped onto the front and back surfaces of the boxes in the all-action show where it was virtually impossible to differentiate between what was real and what was virtual as the dancers leapt from top to bottom and flipped side-to-side across the four performance areas.

Lighting was programmed using a grandMA2 system by Painting with Light’s Jeroen Opsteyn with Katleen Selleslagh programming video and the disguise servers. Ivar Van Dijk assisted in setting up the BlackTrax system. The show was set to timecode from a soundscape commissioned by Painting with Light and composed by Studio Regie.

Luc comments, “It was another great opportunity to partner with Panasonic and produce a show to engage thousands of exhibition visitors. Live entertainment is still something of a rarity at these events and it was fantastic to see so many people stop and look and then share the experience in multiple ways. Taking an imaginative approach to illustrating the dynamics and scope of these exciting technologies and how they can be beautifully blended with classic theatrical techniques … is definitely a winner!”

The booth at ISE was even selected as one of the finalists of the Stand Design Awards!

Read the whole case here!

Luc Peumans Jeroen Opsteyn Katleen Selleslagh Ivar van Dijk

TAGS BlackTrax CAST Software disguise Integrated Systems Europe ISE ISE 2018 Novaline Panasonic Panasonic Visual System Solutions Europe

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