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Relax the Chimp

Relax The Chimp is an experimental dance party for festivals where both trained an untrained bodies are invited to experiment, play and get physical. You know that one song that never fails to get you moving? The one that drags you, kicking and screaming on to the dance floor? Add to that your own larger than life avatar dancing with you, and you have a situation where dancing is not optional!

Relax the Chimp is an outdoor immersive dance environment featuring an interactive software program that projects the body onto large screens in a variety of avatar and abstract forms. Relax The Chimp will let your inner dancer free in an environment where there is no right or wrong, nor any limits on age, ability or style.

Relax the Chimp was developed as a partnership between Tasdance and UTAS for the 2016 Junction Arts Festival

The technology behind Relax the Chimp is a unique application designed to pick up cues from your body and movements and relay them in a larger than life form on the big screen. Think of a mashup of Snapchat, Nintendo Wii Just Dance and Motion Capture, in real time, on a stadium sized screen.

You can join in as a dancer or a watcher, but be warned, you might just get inspired by a beat, a dance or a flash mob and find you just can’t resist being drawn into the dance! So come and play with us, relax your chimp and see your avatar dance on the big screen.

Relax The Chimp Touring

Relax The Chimp is available as a touring work for festivals throughout Australia. Its unique, flexible structure allows festival organisers to create an event to fit with their program. Festival organisers can choose all or a combination of:

  • Creative Intensives - Experiment, play and get physical as you interact with sensors and live-feed projection
  • DJ/VJ sessions - Grab a drink and hit the D-floor to the sounds and vision of DJ Chimp and video collaborator VJ Nick.
  • Outdoor community dance party - create a large scale, inclusive dance event where everyone is invited!

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Previous Productions

Salamanca Moves 
28 September - 1 October, 2016

Junction Arts Festival
7 - 11 September, 2016 


Image: Mel De Ruyter