Figure skating is a sport that becomes more captivating as you progress professionally. This is due to the fact that as your skills improve, you master more advanced movements, allowing for the creation of diverse and complex routines for both long and short programs, which, when synchronized with music, result in stunning performances.
Every professional athlete requires fresh choreography each season. However, finding a competent choreographer is no easy task. Sometimes, athletes must endure months of waiting or even travel across the Atlantic to secure one. Unlike professional skaters, amateurs who are still learning do not have access to choreographers, often relying on their coaches or themselves to create routines.
History of Figure Skating
Nowadays, ice skaters lace up their razor-sharp skates to compete and perform in ice-dancing, one of the most popular winter Olympic games. However, for centuries, blades on boots were not just for sports and leisure; they were the only means of travel some people had during winter.
Figure Skating Related Field Research
In my research, I found that ice-skating and art offer a myriad of creative possibilities. The skaters' bodies themselves, along with their movements, blade traces, and physical and emotional expressions, fully activate my imagination. These elements have sparked my interest, and I am eager to explore them further to unlock their artistic potential.
What if I were wearing a motion-tracking suit while skating on ice, recording my movements on the computer?
Based on my experiences and research in figure skating, I have discovered certain preferences or "rules" concerning the locations where skaters choose to perform their athletic feats, such as a jump that starts at the corner of the rink. This led me to assume that there exists a relationship between motion and location, which I utilized in designing the effect.
Ice skating VR performance_maya motion
Ice skating VR performance _ my motion record
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Motion tracking of ice skating
The main goal is to gain a deeper understanding of the professional world of figure skating and to verify my assumption regarding the relationship between space and motions.
Through the interviews, I have successfully verified my assumption and discovered that there is a high demand for figure skating choreography. Currently, most of the choreography processes are conducted remotely through phone calls or email. However, this method can be time-consuming and challenging to accurately convey the skaters' needs and preferences.
Research on Choreography
The research reveals an accessible method to choreograph our own routines. However, even with this knowledge, without the guidance of a professional choreographer, it can still be challenging to execute the choreography effectively.
For the visual aspect, I aim to create a futuristic atmosphere while incorporating elements inspired by ice.
For the visual aspect, my intention is to evoke a sense of futurism while seamlessly incorporating elements inspired by ice.