Pasadena’s ArtCenter, Motion Capture and Moscow Ballet Ballerina Anna Trofimova
In fall 2019, Ballerina Anna Trofimova was invited to pose for a Motion Capture photo shoot at Pasadena’s ArtCenter, the first ballerina to be included in the program. ArtCenter College of Design’s Chair Wendy Arvest states, “There is a class in the Interaction Design Department called Body Tracking and we are attempting to build a library of body movements to support it. We have done this successfully with ice skaters and Anna’s participation was of great value to us educationally.” ArtCenter is not a traditional art school. There are several departments that teach digital media design which is basically a system of small sensors (size and weight of a quarter) that attach to the body capturing a person’s movement electronically. This material is then used digitally. Anna wore a basic leotard and tights and had sensors attached all over body but her movement was not restricted in anyway.