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Tidal Traces

Captured offshore on intertidal mudflats near Vancouver, Tidal Traces is a 360-video VR dance piece that places viewers in the centre of the performance. In it, three characters explore a new and uncertain world—moving between tranquility and ominousness, beauty and peril. Entangled in this tension, the viewer becomes the fourth character, directly composing the dance through their gaze.


Created by Emmalena Fredriksson and Nancy Lee, in collaboration with dancers Lexi Vajda, Zhara Shahab and Rianne Švelnis and composer Kiran Bhumber. Through a year long residency at the Dance Centre 2016- 2017 Lee and Fredriksson explored choreographic possibilities of VR 360 Dance Film. They filmed a demo version and successfully pitched the project to the National Film Board. The NFB produced the final version that was filmed in the summer of 2017. Screenings to date include:

Tokyo, 2017 MUTEK - electronic music and digital arts festival

Paris, 2018 Le festival Ciné-corps 

Berlin, 2018 Canada Big on VR.
Vancouver, 2018 VIWFF

Austin, TX, 2018 Canada Big on VR.
Miami, 2018 Miami Film Festival’s Virtual Escape

Vancouver, 2018 Reel to Real Film Festival

Montreal, 2018 MUTEK_img

Brussels, BOZAR I love Science

Ottawa, 2018Americas Cultural Summit 2018

Cannes, 2018 PHI Centre presentation

Vancouver, 2018 RUPTURE

Montreal, 2018 IX Symposium

Mexico City, 2018 MICA (Market & Industry, Cinema and Audiovisual)

Vancouver, 2018 R2R Outdoor Summer Film Series

Durban, ZA, 2018 Intl Symposium on Electronic Art

La Rochelle, 2018 Sunny Side of the Doc

Montreal, 2018 FANTASIA

Toronto, 2018TAIWANfest

Montreal, 2018 La Station F-MR

Vancouver, 2018 TAIWANfest

Lyon FR, 2018 Arles VR festival during the Dance Biennale of Lyon

Bristol, UK, 2018 Encounters Festival

Gothenburg, SWE, 2018 Audiovisual Days

Chicago, 2018 Zhou B Art Center


Dusseldorf, 2019 festival Temps d’Images

Regina, 2019 Regina Public Library

Montreal, 2019 Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec

Bristol, UK, 2019 Limina Immersive

Paper presented and published at ISEA 2018:

Reflections on the Making of Tidal Traces


Produced by the National Film Board of Canada

By Nancy Lee, Emmalena Fredriksson and the NFB Digital Studio

Dancers: Zahra Shahab, Rianne Svelnis and Lexi Vajda

Technical Director: Olivier Leroux

Picture Editor: Nancy Lee

Sound Designer: Kiran Bhumber

Music “Submergence”
Composed by Kiran Bhumber

Title Design: Eli Muro

Costume Designer: Adam-Lin Bungag

Hair and Make-up Artist: Min-Jee Mowat

Production Assistant: Richard Wilson

Producers: Nicholas Klassen and Robert McLaughlin

Creative Technologist: Vincent McCurley

Executive Producer: Robert McLaughlin

Project Manager: Laura Mitchell

Production Coordinator: Jasmine Pullukatt

Studio Administrator: Carla Jones

Marketing Manager: Tammy Peddle

Publicist: Katja De Bock

Web Marketing: Kathryn Ruscito


Press Relations: 
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Developed through the support of The Dance Centre and The National Film Board. 

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