Thus far in its efforts to bring telepresence into the mainstream, Cisco Systems (NASDAQ:CSCO, news, filings) has focused on virtual corporate meetings and such. That's where the money is of course, but it's also, well, kind of boring - a bunch of conservatively dressed people sitting around a table whether it's virtual or solid oak. To show a much more imaginative future side of telepresence, Cisco today took on a dance rehearsal.
Dancers in New York and Shanghai are preparing for a production of "The Red Thread" which is being choreographed jointly by Dou Dou Huang of Zhejiang, China and Ellen Weinstein of the National Dance Institute. Via Cisco's Telepresence, the young dancers were able to begin preparations while still on the other side of the planet, before ever meeting face to face. It's actually a bit hard to imagine that rehearsal, and I'd have liked to have seen it.
Now, I don't know squat about 'The Red Thread', but I must admit it has been a long time since never really thought of how telepresence might change the way arts and culture change hands. About ten years actually, not since the bubble burst and with it all those then unrealistic dreams of ubiquitous broadband.
Of course, it's still economically unrealistic, but it's much closer now...
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