7 'impossible' dance performances to trick your eyes

(CNN)Hardened dance purists might tell you that no film can do justice to the experience of the stage, where creative performers toe the boundary of the impossible before your eyes.

But dance is changing, with innovative directors employing lights, computers, and camera trickery -- including projection-mapped lighting, stop-motion illustration, and creative cinematography -- to create experiences that go beyond what the stage can provide.
Immerse yourself in seven uncanny dance performances that use tantalizing new techniques, state of the art technology, and outright trickery to take dance to the next level.
    A dancer trapped inside a cube, wrapped with silk-thin fabric, tears apart her minimalist surroundings. Her actions are improvised live, and translated into the digital world by an entanglement of Microsoft Kinect cameras, complex algorithms, and high-definition projectors. The studio behind the project, France's compagnie Adrien M / Claire B, say the setup represents a bedroom, where the dancer crosses the boundary between the waking world and the realm of dreams.
    Animating a dance sequence takes all the difficulty out of it, right? Not if you're Wilkie Branson, who created over 4000 hand-cut characters over the duration of a year, making "800 takes" of each shot to get everything right. The British filmmaker, choreographer, and BBoy-inspired dancer delved into his personal archive of dance footage, and created a new stop-motion world for the dancers, among his coffee cups and morning papers.