where computer science & classical ballet collide

[data]storm: The second digital ballet to accompany [arra]stre from 2014. This data driven ballet [data]storm follows the journey of a bit of data travelling across the ocean and all the events that happen throughout its journey.

The visuals and choreography use MET Office Storm & climate data to interpret computer science concepts relating to internet, networks, signal processing and encryption.  The performance will be enhanced by the use of wearable technology, data visualisation and video projections on 3D objects.

View a recording of the ballet at our project site:




[arra]stre: is a digital data driven dance performance that derives its movements and concepts from computer science theory. The performance will break down certain theories and concepts through the movement of ballet. The ballet forms part of a larger project “The Art of Computer Science”.

The project, entitled “The Art of Computer Science”, was jointly funded by Google and the Arts Council, to help increase awareness of the new national curriculum for computer science launched this year through England and Wales. readysaltedcode & team: Glastonbridge Software, Dr Goltz and Camilla, Worcester University and Animateddata worked with students aged between 13 and 19 to create a ballet [arra]stre entirely focused around the five key concepts in computer science. The show integrated wearable technology, data visualisations and live motion capture to create a dynamic and dramatic performance.
Genevieve | Founder readysaltedcode

March 2015 at the Royal Institution of Great Britain, Genevieve gave a talk on the project as part of their Women in Technology Conference. Two of the dancers performed the big data duet in the Faraday lecture theatre.

In November 2014, as part of American Express’ Code Girl Programme we performed the ballet in full and demoing some of the technology. There were around 100 female students with their parents and teachers. readysaltedcode CIC are the education consultants for this project. We helped develop the programme of study and deliver the wearable technology component of the overall programme.

The debut performance of [arra]stre which was part of the Brighton Digital Festival at the Brighton Dome took place Thursday 25th September 2014: See a recording of the live broadcast here. Prior to the debut of the ballet we performed a preview of the ballet [arra]stre at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London on Saturday 20th September 2014 at their Digital Design Weekend,