Dancers in US and China rehearse via TelePresence

Dancers in New York and in Shanghai have used Cisco’s TelePresence high-definition videoconferencing system to prepare for a National Dance Institute production.

The production of ‘The Red Thread’, choreographed by celebrated dancer and choreographer Dou Dou Huang, who is based in Zhejiang province in China, and Ellen Weinstein, the NDI’s artistic director, will be performed in New York and Connecticut during July with dancers from both NDI and Shanghai Children’s Palace.

The dancers to started preparations for the production using TelePresence before they first physically meet. The dancers from Shanghai Children’s Palace and the choreography team called from the Cisco TelePresence suite in the Cisco Pavilion at the World Expo 2010 in Shanghai, while NDI dancers, together with Jacques d’Amboise, the legendary dancer and founder of NDI, were in the Cisco TelePresence suite in Cisco’s New York office.

For d’Amboise and the dancers in New York, this virtual dance rehearsal marked the first time they had seen ‘The Red Thread’ being performed.

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