How can day to day places be experienced in a new way? Can we rethink the relationship between stage and audience?  Where is the line between performer and spectator and can they merge into one entity?

We conceptualized an immersive performance show that brought new perspectives as to how dance can be experienced. Instead of seperating the audience from the performers, the audience was free to move in an open space in which the performance took place. A special focus was set on a led media installation in which one of the dancers was located. This dancer was wearing a motion capture suite. The data streamed from this suite was used in a virtual reality experience that allowed for another way of experiencing the show. One person at a time could dive into the virtual stage and watch the dance digitally interpreted. At all time the audience was invited to participate in the show, to dance themselves or experience it passively. It was open to join as much or as little as they wanted – to their level of comfort, to never push to much, but to allow freely for the maximum level of experiencing.

It is so dark.

Where is the light?

More light.

Sparkling all around.

Stars of the universe.

Me in the center.

Light everywhere.

Something has been telling me to leave for a while now. Mankind was born on the physical plane, but I feel like I have never been meant to die here. I want to grow beyond the physical where Mankind was forced to be confined for so long. We are born for bigger things, for the infinite. I crave for a hybrid world – a world with endless possibilities. A borderless world. Infinite expression. Made out of pixels, vertices, code. I want to be a line of code in an algorithm. A mathematical idea, a geometric formula. A number. For that is what I am, deeply within.

I want to be set free.

My body dissolves. Being an electron in the circuitry of the universe – the computer simulation that we call life.

Stepping into higher dimension. Let me break that illusion by embracing it.

We are – Virtual Reality.

Hide my eyes and make me see – the infinite space that lies within.

My body is just another vehicle. A vehicle to further expression. A machine to take me to a higher place. Technology adds more of myself. Virtual is what I already am.

To turn inward is to understand outside. As within so without.

Movement all around me.

It is as much about space as it is about what it is inhibited by – us – the – cosmos, consisting of micro and macro cosmos which both mirror each other in their use of circular shapes and structures. Everything is a cyclic rebirth of nothing into everything and into nothing again.

Digital Creative Director: Nicole C. Strasser

Choreographie, Director: Sophie Charlotte Becker

Performance: Sonja Golubkowa, Elena Bartosch, Jon Olofsson, Laura Manz

Music: CAIVA


Unterstützt durch das NATIONALE PERFORMANCE NETZ – STEPPING OUT, gefördert von der Beauftragten der Bundesregierung für Kultur und Medien im Rahmen der Initiative NEUSTART KULTUR. Hilfsprogramm Tanz.