The Total Dance Theater

A Virtual Reality Human-Machine Laboratory – financed through the Bauhaus Today Fund

Project description

“The Total Dance Theater. A Virtual Reality Human-Machine Laboratory” transports Oskar Schlemmer’s and Walter Gropius’s dance experiments to the digital age. In a sensual, playful manner, it exploits the possibilities of virtual reality to explore various aspects in the relationship between humans and machines. Based on choreography by Richard Siegal, the production features a 360° virtual reality installation which offers visitors an intense experience.

Interactions, based on computer-generated codes, highlight the rules that define the relationship between humans, machines and space. In the “Total Dance Theater”, the visitor –making prototypical movements – creates a new dancer entity with whom he or she then interacts. At some point, the visitor realises that this entity has developed a life of its own and can no longer be controlled by its creator. Modular movement sequences and a changeable design enable users to create their very own experience and individualised versions. The setting and music are also designed to correspond to the customised choreography. The virtual reality laboratory is scalable and can be modified to fit the varying dimensions of exhibition venues as a spatial interactive installation for one or more visitors.

Choreography: Richard Siegal
Musical arrangement: Sascha Ring (Apparat)
Production: Maya Eriksson, Diana Schniedermeier
Art direction: Artificial Rome
Artists: Ólafur Arnalds (ISL), Brandt Brauer Frick, deufert&plischke, Wayne McGregor (GB), Kat Válastur

Bauhaus Today Fund – The Bauhaus 2019 commemorative year funding programme

The Federal Cultural Foundation launched the Bauhaus Today Fund to emphasise the contemporary relevance of the ideas and methods advanced by the historical school of architecture, art and design. We invite institutions in all artistic areas to explore the significance of the Bauhaus today.


No upcoming events at present

Previous events

  • 11 September, 2019 to 31 December, 2019: Interaktive Installation

    Bauhaus Museum Dessau, Dessau

  • 4 September, 2019 to 9 September, 2019: Interaktive Installation

    im Rahmen von SENSEFACTORY

    Muffatwerk, München

  • 16 January, 2019 to 24 January, 2019: Interaktive Installation

    Berlin, Eröffnungsfestival 100 Jahre Bauhaus


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