The Calligraphy of Ballet Motion

Erik Tomasson

These technologically-enhanced pointe shoes, called Electronic Traces, record the pressure and movement of a dancer’s feet on the ground and transmit them to a mobile device, providing a digital record of elegant motion. The resulting images are reminiscent of Hitsuzendo, the Zen art of calligraphic brushwork. Imagine the PNB’s next performance immortalized with these Arduino-powered devices!  

Here’s a video of the E-Traces in action: