Cypriot Intangible Cultural Heritage: Digitizing Folk Dances


Cypriot Intangible Cultural Heritage: Digitizing Folk Dances

Andreas Aristidou, Efstathios Stavrakis, Yiorgos Chrysanthou

Cyprus Computer Society journal, Issue 25, pages 42-49, 2014.

We aim to preserve the Cypriot folk dance heritage, creating a state-of-the-art publicly accessible digital archive of folk dances. Our dance library, apart from the rare video materials that are commonly used to document dance performances, utilises three dimensional motion capture technologies to record and archive high quality motion data of expert dancers.

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  • Digitization of Cypriot Folk Dances
    Efstathios Stavrakis, Andreas Aristidou, Maria Savva, Stephania Loizidou Himona, Yiorgos Chrysanthou
    In Proceedings of the 4th International Conference on Progress in Cultural Heritage Preservation (EuroMed'12), LNCS, Volume 7616, pages 404-413, 2012.
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Project Description


This project aims to create a publicly accessible digital archive of folk dances using 3D motion capture data (with metadata); currently, only 2D video recordings are used to document traditional Cypriot dance performances, having although restrictions (mainly due to the character occlusions) by the limited capabilities of the 2D cameras. In addition to rare video material held by local cultural institutions, state-of-the-art motion capture technologies are utilized to record and archive high quality motion data of expert dancers performing these traditional dances. Apart from the goal of preserving this intangible cultural heritage by digitizing it, the project is interested in increasing the awareness of the local community to its dance heritage. To achieve this a 3D video game for children is developed to teach these folk dances to the younger generations.

More details can be found at the Dance Motion Capture Database website.





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