DAS TOTALE TANZ THEATER.
A Virtual Reality Dance Experience for Man and Machine
Who are humans in the age of technology? What role do they play and how do they interact with the machines that surround them? These types of questions were already negotiated at the Bauhaus 100 years ago. "Das Totale Tanz Theater" frames these questions today in the context of the development of artificial intelligence by staging a virtual reality dance experience.
With the project ‘Das Totale Tanz Theater’, 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 man and machine.
The installation Das Totale Tanz Theater, a project of Interactive Media Foundation and Filmtank, co-created with Artificial Rome, could be experienced for the first time in January 2019 at the Academy of Arts, Berlin and is currently on an international tour. A further stopping off point in Germany is the Bauhaus Dessau Foundation.
Based on the interactive virtual reality installation Das Totale Tanz Theater, and in partnership with the TV channel ZDF/ARTE, the Interactive Media Foundation has developed Das Totale Tanz Theater 360. During the around six-minute long 360° video, viewers are immersed into the elaborately designed virtual stage world, along with Richard Siegal’s choreography and a song created especially for the video by Einstürzende Neubauten.
Das Totale Tanz Theater is supported by ‘Fonds Bauhaus heute’, the German federal government’s cultural foundation and the Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg.
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