Motion Capture



AETHER: A live motion capture dance performance at National Sawdust on Vimeo.

Aether is a live motion capture dance performance and VR experience, designed and choreographed from the ancestral use of sacred geometry and the four embodied elements: water, fire, earth and air. The dancers’ movements are tracked and translated to 3D avatars emitting different particle systems in real time, based on the visual properties and behavior of each element. With Aether, the artists seek to create an immersive live experience through movement, interactive 3D graphics and music, crafting a cohesive narrative that juxtaposes ancestral knowledge with cutting edge technology.

The project was developed using Unreal Game Engine to create the 3D live visuals and Perception Neuron suits to track the movements of the dancers. It was conceived as collaboration between students from the Interactive Telecommunications Program and Integrated Digital Media Program at NYU, and was included as a part of ITP’s Experiments in Storytelling research initiative supported by Google. The project has been showcased at National Sawdust, World Maker Faire, Pioneer Works and Dance on Camera festival at the Lincoln Center, among others.

AETHER - National Sawdust Teaser [Water] from Sergio Mora-Diaz on Vimeo.

AETHER - National Sawdust Teaser from Sergio Mora-Diaz on Vimeo.


Creative team: LaJuné McMillian, Sergio Mora-Diaz, Ruudy Liu and Kat Sullivan Composers/Musicians: Darren Solomon and Alon Ilsar Dancers: Alison Lehuanani DeFranco, Nicole Loeffler-Gladstone and Kat Sullivan Supported by Integrated Digital Media and Interactive Telecommunications Program, NYU

Tools used

Motion Capture: Noitom Perception Neuron
Programming: Unreal Engine
Data: Max/MSP/Jitter
Projection Mapping: MadMapper


May 14, 2017
Second Sundays at Pioneer Works
Brooklyn, New York

February 3-7, 2017
Dance on Camera Festival
Lincoln Center
New York City, New York

November 17, 2016
LSC After Dark
Liberty Science Center
Jersey City, New Jersey

September 23-24, 2016
World Maker Faire
New York Hall of Science
Queens, New York

June 16, 2016
National Sawdust
Brooklyn, New York

December 18, 2015
Bodies in Motion Show
Media and Games Network, NYU
Brooklyn, New York

Selected Press

2016 – Inside Aether: The live motion capture dance performance seen at LSC After Dark, Liberty Science Center Blog
2016 – NYC Maker Faire 2016: The best wearable, VR and smart home tech, Wearable