Dance Shows Have Become Self-aware

And they're bringing lasers and everything

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Don't be afraid, but advances in ‘deep learning’ technology mean that computers can now be programmed to recognise patterns in human behaviour, and predict our next steps. Selling out when performed at Sadler’s Wells and the V&A Museum, the visual mind bender of a dance show — also known as Pattern Recognition — sees former Birmingham Royal Ballet dancer Alexander Whitley resume his collaboration with proper whizzy digital artist Memo Akten. Bespoke computer code created by Akten is behind the system of moving lights that track, learn from and intelligently respond to the two dancers it observes. It all goes a little something like this. At the Patrick Centre of Hippodrome repute on Nov 3 and 4, get your seat for £8 (they're usually £14) using this link.

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