“When Gideon Obarzanek approached me with the idea of creating an immersive virtual dance experience I didn’t think twice about it,” says Artistic Director Rafael Bonachela.
‘L’Chaim’ choreographed by Gideon Obarzanek. Photo by Wendell Teodoro.
“I loved the idea of our audience being on a virtual stage, getting up close and personal with the dancers and interacting in the space with the choreography. A very important part of my vision for Sydney Dance Company is to commission works that are multidisciplinary collaborations with celebrated and influential artists in different fields, embracing different disciplines with a multitude of forms like technology.
This project was groundbreaking, once again stretching what this Company is and can do, finding new ways to present and to experience dance outside the traditional proscenium arch. It has been wonderful to take Stuck In The Middle With You with us to audiences around the world.”
Photo by Ben Johnson.
About Stuck In The Middle With You
Using cutting-edge virtual reality technology, viewers are taken on a vibrant and pulsating visceral journey which fuses choreography, performance, documentary and drama to generate an unprecedented lifelike experience. Viewers are transported on stage, interacting with performers, and ultimately becoming a component of the choreography themselves. Directed by award-winning filmmaker Matthew Bate and choreographer Gideon Obarzanek, this landmark experience features Sydney Dance Company dancers performing Obarzanek’s L’Chaim.
Click here to watch an interview with Director Matthew Bate.
Stuck In The Middle With You: A Virtual Reality Film had its premiere at ACMI in Melbourne in 2016 before travelling to Sydney, and has since been experienced by over 3,300 people at Sydney Film Festival, Geneva Film Festival, Sydney Festival, and on International Tours throughout Europe and USA.
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