Augmented Reality Dance-Performance

Du musst Dein Leben rendern!

NICO AND THE NAVIGATORS

Du musst Dein Leben rendern!

Dates:
Thu 15.9. - Sat 17.9., 3.30 p.m., 6 p.m., 8.15 p.m.
Sun 18.9., 3.30 p.m., 6 p.m.

double bill with PopUp Stage ARENA Chris Ziegler/movingimages

Duration: double bill, 60 min.
short break between the two performances

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AR project choreographed by Yui Kawaguchi, in cooperation with DOCKdigital and part of Humandroid Festival, September 14 - 24.

The project "Du musst Dein Leben rendern!" (You must render your life!) in the choreography by Yui Kawaguchi for two dancers, Florian Graul and Lujain Mustafa, and their virtual clones is the basis for development and the reference project for the AR-Loopmachine by Oliver Proske and Moritz Kiefer.

The movement sequences of the two dancers, recorded by means of motion capture suits, are transferred to AR glasses. Comparable to a loop station for live musicians, the AR-Loopmachine enables the performers to enter into a dialogue with their own moves and to dance a duet with themselves. This apparent interaction between real body and artificially created image is accompanied by the sound surfaces of trumpeter Paul Hübner. The relation between analogue reality and virtual extension shifts with the audience's selectable point of view, which can move freely in the space: real and virtual bodies multiply, change their size - the game begins.

Yui Kawaguchi, who has been the protagonist of NICO AND THE NAVIGATORS for years, draws inspiration from the ancient Pygmalion myth, among others, which deals with the fateful relationship of a sculptor to his lifelike statue - in love with his own work of art, which he prefers to life or brings into life - a motif echoed in art to this day.

How strongly can an emotional bond with or even dependence on the virtual counterpart be developed? Can humans encounter their perfect selves in artificial spaces? Do you have to render your life?

Artistic direction / Choreography: Yui Kawaguchi
Virtual stage space & Technology: Oliver Proske
Artistic advice: Nicola Hümpel
Dramaturgy: Andreas Hillger
Dance: Florian Graul, Lujain Mustafa
Trumpet: Paul Hübner
AR loop machine software: Löhn Digital / Moritz Kiefer
Lighting: Fabian Bleisch
Operating & technical support: Hendrik Fritze
Photo: Oliver Proske

A project by Nico and the Navigators, funded by the Berliner Senatsverwaltung für Kultur und Europa and by grants from the "dive in. Programme for Digital Interactions" from the Kulturstiftung des Bundes. In cooperation with DOCKdigital and DOCK 11.

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After NICO AND THE NAVIGATORS were able to convince more than 3,000 spectators of the performative possibilities of augmented reality glasses with the production "Verrat der Bilder" (Betrayal of Images) in over 100 performances for the Bauhaus anniversary in 2019, the research will be consistently continued with the new project "Du musst Dein Leben rendern!" (You must render your life!) funded by the Kulturstiftung des Bundes.

DOCKdigital is the perfect partner for this, because for over a year now they have been experimenting with motion capture suits from Rokoko - in other words, data suits that digitally capture the movements of real bodies so that the data can be processed for further use. In order to bring these two technologies together in an uncomplicated and flexible way, a new type of AR loop machine is being developed, with the help of which dancers can, for example, develop a pas de deux with a 3D image previously generated from themselves. The spectators see the dancers in real space and, with the help of the AR glasses, their animation, which seems to unite with their original in the dance.

The AR Loopmachine will continue to be available and its content will be further developed within the framework of educational and mediation formats in digital laboratories.

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A project by Nico and the Navigators, funded by the Berliner Senatsverwaltung für Kultur und Europa and by grants from the "dive in. Programme for Digital Interactions" from the Kulturstiftung des Bundes. In cooperation with DOCKdigital and DOCK 11.