Project facts

Duration: 01-06-2018 - 30-11-2021
Project coordinator: University of Cyprus, Nicosia (CYPRUS)
Project consortium: University of Cyprus, Nicosia (CYPRUS); Algolysis LTD, Limassol (CYPRUS); University of Warwick, Coventry (UK); University Rennes 2, Rennes (FRANCE); University of Reims Champagne-Ardenne, Reims (FRANCE).
Funding bodies: JPI CH
Subject areas: Digital Heritage, Digitization, Heritage Management, Intangible Heritage, Methods - Procedures, Technologies - Scientific processes


Dance is an integral part of any culture. Through its choreography and costumes, dance imparts richness and uniqueness to that culture. Over the last decade, technological developments have been exploited to record, curate, remediate, provide access, preserve and protect tangible cultural heritage. However, intangible assets, such as dance, has largely been excluded from this previous work.

Recent computing advances have enabled the accurate 3D digitization of human motion. Such systems provide a new means for capturing, preserving and subsequently re-creating intangible cultural heritage which goes far beyond traditional written or imaging approach. However, 3D motion data is expensive to create and maintain, encompassed semantic information is difficult to extract and formulate, and current software tools to search and visualize this data are too complex for most end-users.

In this regard, SCHEDAR has provided novel solutions to the three key challenges of archiving, re-using and re-purposing, and ultimately disseminating intangible cultural heritage motion data. In addition, it has devised a comprehensive set of new guidelines, a framework and software tools for leveraging existing intangible cultural heritage motion databases. Data acquisition has been undertaken holistically, encompassing data related to the performance, the performer, the kind of dance, the hidden/untold story, etc.

For more details, please visit the SCHEDAR website

Impacts & Results

Innovative use of state-of-the-art multisensory Augmented Reality technology has enabled direct interaction with the dance, providing new experiences and training in traditional dance which is key to ensure this rich cultural asset is preserved for future generations.