The creative projects are at the heart of the European Theatre Lab. Using results gleaned from the OpenLabs, creative projects will break new ground in three key research areas: “new technologies & aesthetics”, “new technologies & audience participation” as well as “new technologies & communication and dissemination”. Read below what our creative projects are all about.
“Stage Your City” is about merging the trends of digitisation and participatory theatre and a play with augmented reality. The project unites three partner theatres who work with audiences to explore their city interactively.
Starting in the theatre, the audience will be invited to log in with their smartphones in a network of well known platforms to follow a prologue which they will continue and co-write themselves. Using digital devices, they will be lead through their towns, encounter experts who provide information and gather data from the audience. Together, they explore various thematical landscapes of their towns- thereby creating an interactive “map” of their city and its stories. Gathering back in the theatre they will encounter real actors, and the stories behind the stories will be revealed…
The participatory approach brings theatre directly into the community, while the app that is being developed for it also can be used as a practical introduction, or city guide, for new arrivals.
The partners are working together with artist Bruno Cohen, founder of the Urban User Lab (the “UULab”), an experimental space based in Nancy, as well as Bernd Lintermann and Jan Gerigk of ZKM Center for Art and Media in Karlsruhe, and media and theatre artist Chris Ziegler who will create the prologue in an installation in the theatre room.
“Stage Your City” will premiere as the opening of the RING Festival Nancy on 12 April 2018. It is the first show of the three productions being developed within the frame of the European Theatre Lab: Drama goes digital, even before the official showcase in Oslo (7 – 10 June). Stage Your City involves the audience of the three partner cities Nancy, Karlsruhe and Tbilisi, and adapts to the surroundings and living conditions of each town. The version presented in Nancy is taylor-made for the local French audience, while dealing with issues that concern human beings everywhere.
Please also read the report of the project’s first OpenLab, held in Nancy on 15-16 November 2016.
Innovation in captioning for performing arts: This multilingual, transnational project identifies translation via new technology as the key to expanding audiences and increasing intercultural dialogue so it will use the research phase to find new ways to develop translation aids. The theatre makers, together with scientists from the Universities of Craiova, Liège and Bucharest, and the partner companies Incesa and Multitel, have been doing research in synchronized broadcast, vocal recognition and “speech to text” technology, The results and tests that have been conducted so far will be presented in the OpenLabs. The artistic part of the project is being developed by the Belgian company TRANSQUINQUENNAL. Their production IDIOMATIC picks up the topic of communication borders in a non-linear play for 5 actors speaking different languages and a machine giving instructions.
OpenLabs for this project are scheduled for 27-29 June 2017 (Craiova) and 2-4 November 2017 (Liège). View our calendar for more Information.
This project brings together two large scale stage production of modern classics, “Peer Gynt” by Henrik Ibsen and “Kraljevo” (The King’s Fair) by Moroslav Krleza, that will be staged in the partnering theaters exchanging directors and bringing a part of their cultural heritage to the other country. The Norwegian play will be directed by Erik Ulfsby in Zagreb, the Croatian text by Ivica Buljan in Oslo. The dimensions of parallel universes, dream worlds and distorted perceptions of reality in both plays and its decisive narrative techniques are suitable for investigation and a transfer into a digital context. Both productions work with the same composer and will experiment with new audio technology. The project partners also look into the work that is done in the field of live electronic music at the Music Academy in Oslo and Zagreb. They have made contact with the Acoustic Research Center (ARC) at Sintef in Trondheim who study 3D sound and auralisation. We will also try out advanced sound equipment’s (psycho-acoustic effects). Meanwhile, more than 30 students of the Music and Sound department of the University Trondheim are involved and developing new audio and visual techniques, tools and equipment serving the artistic purposes in the communication between stage and audience. Workshops with the artistic and technical teams will take place from 16 – 20 October in Oslo and on 24 October 2017 in Zagreb. Please check our event calendar for the latest information.