Over the last decade, and due to the recent technological advances, there is a significant effort to digitize, document, preserve, and protect intangible cultural heritage creations. Cultural heritage encompasses a range of important assets that includes collective knowledge of skills, practices, expressions, art, fashion, and others that do not have a tangible form.
These intangible creations are the mainspring of humanity’s cultural diversity, and its maintenance is a guarantee for continuing creativity.
Virtual Dance Museum aims to become a-point-of-reference repository that digitally stores and portrays folk dance creations, in addition to rare video material held by local cultural institutions. We utilize emerging technologies to digitize, analyze, and holistically document our intangible heritage dance creations, that is a critical necessity for the preservation and the continuity of our identity as Europeans. In that direction, we use state-of-the-art motion capture systems, 3D scanners, and FHD cameras to record and archive high quality motion data of expert dancers performing these traditional dances, that are publicly accessible through our Dance Motion Capture Database
The Cultural Workshop Ayion Omologiton provides us with information, guidance and expertise regarding Cypriot Folk dances. Their dancers have been the first to join this initiative.
The Cultural Dance Club Dionysos was founded in 1991 and today has a core group of 60 active dancers and 200 dance students. Its main focus is in the preservation and dissemination of the musical and dancing heritage, both of Cyprus and of the rest of Hellenism. The Association maintains a close collaboration with a diverse group of music and dance heritage specialists, researchers, performers and folklorists. Through its continuous research, collection, recording and processing of folklore music and dance materials, the Association has established a remarkable wardrobe of numerous Cypriot and Greek traditional costumes and maintains an important archive of relevant films and photographs, as well as a library of folk themes. These resources are essential for further research, preservation and understanding of the music and dance intangible cultural heritage of Cyprus.