Exploring bodies, materiality
and touch in multi-person
virtual reality.


The Soma Project explores the concept of ‘somatic agency’ – our experience of and capacity to sense and feel our living and moving bodies, highlighting the perception gap between seeing and feeling through the use of VR technologies.

Led by dance artist and researcher Lisa May Thomas, the project spans; Soma a movement and virtual reality experience; research initiatives at the University of Bristol combing dance-somatic practices with virtual-reality technology; audio-visual and photographic exhibition work, professional dance workshops and training using technology in practice and performance; and public workshops and talks.

NB. Soma has been developed on from prototype project Figuring (2018).

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    Soma promo video created by Adam Laity (images), Jonathan Eve (edit and sound design), Jo Hyde (music) and Lisa May Thomas (director)