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The Most Influential People in Dance Today: Sydney Skybetter

Known as dance's tech guru, Sydney Skybetter has changed the way we think about dance at least three or four times. "It's my job to consider how emerging technologies affect dancerly aesthetics and culture, as well as work extensively with all manner of bonkers tech to understand its movement," says the lecturer and public humanities fellow at Brown University. He also consults for media companies on new ways of understanding how movement creates meaning, is the mastermind behind the Conference for Research on Choreographic Interfaces—which gathers choreographers, anthropologists, technologists and musicians to consider the future of humans in motion—and still choreographs intricate dances of his own.

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