Sydney Opera House Launches Season Of Digital Experiences You Can Stream For Free
Want a cultural solution in confinement? As always, the Sydney Opera House supports you. They kept us sane when the art venues were closed for most of the last year and they’re starting over on their digital platform Stream, which features loads of free stuff as well as videos for rent. . they just fell Broad outlines, a season of digital works featuring game-changing artists (including Future Shaper Serwah Attafuah) and technology.
You can face your demons in a trippy job Apotheosis, which uses the global power of computer game engines alongside motion capture performance. Digital artist Attafuah worked alongside art collective and electro music group Soft Center to create a surreal take on an abandoned Western Sydney, haunted by monsters. “He’s a lonely character exploring a deconstructed, hyper-real Western Sydney,” says Attafuah. “She doesn’t really know where she is or who she is, but is invited to explore and embrace her darkest feelings and thoughts in the surreal landscapes.”
R + J RMX similarly relies on special effects technology from video games and movies to create artificial intelligence-based twists on Shakespeare Romeo and Juliet. It features some of Australia’s best dancers like Izzac Carroll, Janessa Dufty, Harrison Elliott, James Vu Anh Pham, Callum Mooney Sela Vai, choreographed by Larissa McGowan and narrated by Neda Tahu and May Tran.
The bard is also getting a makeover in Dream. Narrated by our own Bad Seed, Nick Cave, it’s a virtual reimagining of A Midsummer Night’s Dre, with Puck leading us through a dreamlike journey from dusk to dawn. This is a collaborative work of super cool UK based virtual reality creators Marshmallow Laser Feast alongside the Royal Shakespeare Company, Manchester International Festival and the Philharmonia Orchestra.
And the Korea National Contemporary Dance Company commissioned AI technology and choreographer IRL Shin Changho to create new movements for them in Beyond the dark. It also features the debut of Korea’s first AI dancer Madi, which means ‘joint’ in Korean, both a point where bones articulate and a connection between humans and computers. Changho says, “Questioning AI as a transcendental being constantly causes thoughts and conflicts over how harmful or useful it is to humanity.
You can explore Outlines for free here. Opera’s head of digital programming, Stuart Buchanan, says these are creative minds reshaping the future of their field. “Designed to connect the physical and digital worlds, Broad outlines features artists who are embracing and disrupting digital platforms and technology to deliver new forms of live performance. “