May 10, 2012 - May 11, 2012 11:00
Workshop with Chantalla Pleiter
assistant: Vicky Vermoezen
A workshop on immersive technology within CREW‘s project Terra Nova, Belgian company directed by Eric Joris.
Terra Nova is part of a European collaboration project on the role of the spectator in contemporary performing arts. First presented at Avignon Festival in 2011 and subsequently in Brussels, Paris, Budapest, Graz and Lille, Terra Nove will also travel to Florence, Rotterdam, Ghent, Zagreb, Hasselt and Prato.
Terra Nova is performance and an immersive adventure that takes us back to R. F. Scott’s fatal expedition to the South Pole, in 1911. Beaten by only a month by the Norwegian Roald Amundsen, the English explorer and his team perish dramatically on their way back. Unfolding the steps and thoughts of the commander, Peter Verhelst’s text plunges the audience into the debacle of the expedition. But the adventure does not end there. During the performance, each spectator is immersed in other bewildering realities. His senses are stretched beyond limits, his emotions and concentration challenged. Scottís solitary disarray is echoed by the immersive and transitional experience of the audience, leaving them, in turn, in doubt. And so, the spectatorís own remarkable voyage unveils a universe of the ëselfí, previously unknown to him: his own interior Terra Nova…
CREW is a company that operates on the border between art and science, between performance art and new technology. Artist Eric Joris develops his live-art projects in close collaboration with a collective of artists and scientists. Electronic and digital media form the basis of a unique artistic way of thinking and the engine for aesthetic experiences and reflection. This results in hybrid performances that question and redefine commonly accepted performative parameters.
Terra Nova will be presented at Teatro Fabbricone of Prato within Contemporanea Festival from 22nd to 25th September 2012.