ChoreoTech Lab: Immersive Dancemaking with AI & AR

Lab Directors Heidi Boisvert & Qudus Onikeku for AI and Brian Brooks for AR| Read about the Artist Faculty
July 22 – July 28 | At the Pillow

For 24 choreographers and dance artists interested in experimenting with new technologies as tools to support immersive dance work. Dance artists from varied dance genres/traditions and of all age ranges if at least 16, are welcomed to apply.


Choreographers and dance artists are instrumental voices in new hybrid forms of digitally immersive dance and dance theater work. This next generation of interactive performative work demands nimble, imaginative, and innovative creative team members, working collaboratively, to seamlessly blend the digital and physical worlds. At the same time, multiple stages of an artist’s choreographic process and dance practice can be supported by technology; offering new ways to imagine, create, see, and experience dance.

Led by artists whose work is steeped in using technology as a tool to expand their creativity, this experiential training studio-lab will provide hands-on workshops with emerging technologies in Artificial Intelligence and Augmented Reality. Exploring and experimenting with the technologies to support, drive, and evolve choreographic practices and ideas will be the daily work. 

Participating choreographers and dance artists will work as teams in two distinct choreographically driven tracks: one centered around AI as a generative tool to further choreographic ideas and another around the choreographic possibilities of AR and real time 3D video. Additional technologies will be discussed, and may be available as options, to transform and reveal choreographic vision. Lab directors for each track will guide everyone in a collaborative immersive choreographic project; and for those interested, time to evolve an idea independently over the course of the lab will be available.

Choreographer Qudus Onikeku and Creative Technologist Heidi Boisvert will guide participating dance artists in how AI can hone and advance choreographic ideas in ways that further the creative process beyond initial imaginings. The track will challenge the group to deconstruct and reimagine how emerging technology, specifically AI & data, can be used to expand the language of performance. Explorations in techno-somatic & multi-sensorial experiences will involve experimentations with motion sensors, wearable sensors, depth cameras, machine learning, and theatrical control systems using game engines and other real-time interactive environments. 

Choreographer Brian Brooks will share his Viewpoint Project, which uses groundbreaking, patented technology and software to stream 3D video in real-time. While performing, a dancer’s image can be seen simultaneously through a mobile device in another location; magically overlaying the dance into the viewer’s surroundings. His compact, mobile studio, featuring infrared cameras that quickly circle a dancer, turns any space into a production studio. Experience in using this unique equipment includes being guided by Brian through a series of investigations that will showcase how the technology can support various aspects of a dance practice.

All dance artists participate in:

  • Discussions with Guest Artists working in tech-driven immersive dance theater. Topics will focus on strategies to achieve the momentum needed to confidently and resiliently forge ahead in the field.
  • Assignments, including viewing dance works to study the lineage of choreographers working with new technologies as well as those engaged in collaborative movement invention, as well as time to pursue personal dance interests. An important resource will be the Jacob’s Pillow Archives, a research center with exhibits, talks, reading room, special collections, and a wealth of materials documenting artists who have impacted the development of dance and appeared at the Pillow from the 1930s to present.
  • Attendance at Festival performances, scholar-led talks, and other events. These occur across the Jacob’s Pillow grounds, including two stage venues.
  • Building a career network through daily interactions with Festival peers, staff, Artist Faculty, artistic directors, company members, dance supporters, audiences, community members, and visitors. In departing as a member of the Jacob’s Pillow Alumni, you join an influential global alumni network that helps advance your work in dance, with friendships that can last a lifetime.

The Jacob’s Pillow School Experience is a day-to-evening conservatory style curriculum designed to instill the stamina, perseverance, entrepreneurial, collaborative, and creative voracity required to live and work as a dance artist. All program/lab members live and work onsite alongside the Festival’s international artist community. Artistic growth, multiple artistic points of view, and a vision of the possibilities that exist in a dance career abound. 

2024 ChoreoTech Lab Application Deadlines & Notifications

Jan 29 at 11:59pm EST | Priority Deadline | $45 processing fee
Feb 26 at 11:59pm EST | Regular Deadline | $50 processing fee
After Feb 26 | Rolling Basis* | $55 processing fee

Acceptd offers financial assistance to applicants who meet Application Fee Waiver requirements. Application Fee Waivers are subject to approval by the Acceptd Support team and are granted based on proper documentation, when provided in advance of an application submission. Contact Acceptd Support.

*Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis by Program Directors and School Staff. Admittance status is sent by email on a rolling basis and as spaces are available.

Want free streaming access to a full-length performance from the 2023 Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival?
Submit your application by the priority deadline, and you’ll receive free access to stream the Martha Graham Dance Company‘s 2023 performance on Jacob’s Pillow On Demand from January 8 through February 4, 2024.

  • Clicking BEGIN YOUR APPLICATION takes you to Acceptd, our application portal where you will upload materials described below.
  • Review the Application Guidelines located there in order to submit a complete and competitive application.
  • Before submitting, review your work carefully, as only complete applications are considered for acceptance. Scholarship applications, if applicable, must be submitted with you program application. For more information, see below.
  • If you need any assistance, contact

Required Program Application Materials to Upload

1. Audition Video

Footage must be of clear viewing quality. Use one of the following file types to successfully upload your video(s): MP4, M4V, AVI, FLV, MOV, WMV, MPG, MPEG, M2V, MKV, and WEBM.

  • Verbal self-introduction, 2 minutes maximum
    • Introduce yourself
    • Share your current work as a dance artist and how you envision this program supporting your artistic development at this time
    •  Work Sample no. 1 – 
    • Provide a clip that best represents the role you would be entering into this program: as a choreographer/creator or as a performer/movement artist. 
    • If a choreographic work sample, share the complete work, no excerpts
    • Provide title, credits, when and where performed
  • Work Sample no. 2
    1. This work should be no more than three years old
    2. Explain why this work relates to, or supports your application to the program 
    3. Provide title, credits, when and where performed

 2. Written Statement, in 500 words or less, please share:

  • Your vision of being a creative dance artist and how you see new technologies supporting that vision and leading to new pathways to create and experience immersive choreographic work. 
  • How you envision this program impacting your artistic work and the choreographic projects you envision for yourself in the near future.
  • Whose work interests you today, in dance or in one other art forms.
  • Optional: If you have creative/artistic inquiry you wish to explore during the program, please briefly share the focus of the choreographic idea
  • Finish this statement: “This summer, in thinking about what I know how to do and what I haven’t yet had the opportunity to explore in my life as a dance artist, I’d like to…”

3. Please list all Software and Hardware you use frequently, or are familiar with; placing an * beside those you feel you are most proficient in.

4. Résumé/C.V.

5. Photos 

  • Headshot, required
  • Dance Shot, dated, optional

6. If 17 or younger, a Letter of Recommendation is required

  • You will be asked to list the name, title, phone, and email of a dance teacher or artist who has agreed to write a Letter of Recommendation. Upon receipt of an email, the following needs to addressed:
    • Level of Technical, creative and performance artistry
    • Stamina to participate in rigorous, professional level classes, seminars, rehearsals, sharings that engage the public, and require evening responsibilities
    • Ability to interact, and live, responsibly as a professional in a diverse artist community


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  • Read Program Fees & Scholarships for program costs and all scholarship opportunities.
    • The Scholarship Application is found within the Program Application.
    • If you are a dependent, all financial information provided must be for your parent/guardian(s).
    • U.S. and international dancers are eligible for scholarship awards.
    • If you need any assistance, contact
  • Read Participation Requirements & Policies for important eligibility details.

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