THE TOTAL DANCE THEATRE.
A virtual reality installation for humans and machines
The relationship between humans and machines is an age-old topic that humankind is repeatedly faced with. The Bauhaus too addressed the question of who humans actually are in this technological world. This is a question that remains topical, presenting itself against the background of digitalisation and the development of artificial intelligence.
With the project ‘The Total Dance Theatre’, the Interactive Media Foundation takes the dance stage experiments of Oskar Schlemmer and combines them with Walter Gropius’s idea of total theatre. In this way, the relationship between people, machines and space comes alive in virtual reality. The visitor passes through a multi-level dramatic composition, experiencing a transition from imaginative figures to total loss of control.
Analogue and digital arts enter into a unique symbiosis: Dance, set decoration, costume design and music combine with interactive elements to set the user in their own unique world. Together with the internationally renowned choreographer Richard Siegal, Artificial Rome’s artists for design and technology and the composer Lorenzo Bianchi-Hoesch, a unique immersive experience has been created, which makes it possible for visitors to experience the relationship between humans and machines.
The installation ‘The Total Dance Theatre’ can be experienced for the first time in January 2019 at the Academy of Arts, Berlin before it embarks on an international tour. Further stopping off points in Germany are the ZKM | Centre for Art and Media Karlsruhe and the Bauhaus Dessau Foundation.
The Interactive Media Foundation is developing a 360° video based on the virtual reality installation, in which Einstürzende Neubauten musically interpret the topic. The 360° video is being produced in cooperation with the TV channel ARTE and will be available via ARTE’s 360° platform.
THE TOTAL DANCE THEATRE is a project by the Interactive Media Foundation and Filmtank, and is supported by the ‘Fonds Bauhaus heute’ programme of the German federal government’s cultural foundation and the Medienboard Berlin Brandenburg.