IStage: An Interactive Stage System

Christos Chacholiades, Cesar Flores Cano, Yuying Wang, Eman Meldah, Themis Omirou, Anne Roudaut

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At present, performers need a technical team of experts to control lights, on-stage displays, and to actuate multiple devices simultaneously. All these activities have to be arranged in a complex choreography in order to allow the audience to experience the illusion of the interaction between these devices and the performer’s movements. IStage is an interactive system that allows controlling the on-stage equipment through the use of body movements and gestures. The aim is to enhance the performance on-stage and at the same time to enrich the audience’s overall engagement with the show. The project contributes by presenting a generic toolkit for artists; to enable interactive performances, as well as that it is cost-effective, easy-to-use, and easy-to-install. The initial prototype involves a Microsoft Kinect 2 used as the primary sensing device to track the body gestures, in combination with a sound impact sensor. IStage uses a set of output devices: a projector, led strips, a bubble machine and audio. Lastly, we also present the results of a formative study.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCHI EA '16
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the 2016 CHI Conference Extended Abstracts on Human Factors in Computing Systems
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery (ACM)
Number of pages6
ISBN (Print)9781450340823
Publication statusPublished - 7 May 2016


  • Interactive system
  • gestures
  • performing arts
  • interactive stage
  • artistic interaction toolkit


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