Playing with Virtual Realities –Short Documentation

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“Playing with Virtual Realities” is an interdisciplinary research project, which brings together dancers and scholars in computer science, linguistic, VR experience design, performance philosophy, and choreography, into staging together dancing in VR technology. The project’s objective is to facilitate embodied understanding on how perception and practices are reshaped in the navigation between digital environments and analogue reality. ‘Playing’ became the main methodological approach for sharing our knowledge-systems, while bringing them into a mutual Practice-as-Research.

Project’s director and choreographer:
Einav Katan-Schmid
Nitsan Margaliot, Lisanne Goodhue
Creative team:
Sabiha Ghellal, Ramona Mosse, Christian Stein, Thomas Lilge
Technical support and VR operators:
Meik Ramey, Norbert Schröck
Child performer:
Aurica Mosse
Light design:
Asier Solana, Einav Katan-Schmid
Alexander Katan-Schmid, Claudia Lamas Cornejo, Harumi Terayama, Jubal Battisti, Thomas Kowalski
Harumi Terayama

Step Into This Room and Dance for Me
Nine Inch Nails
06 Ghosts I
14 Ghosts II
James Marvel
Way of the Warrior (feat. MC Mota)
Berliner Philharmoniker & Karl Böhm,
Richard Strauss; Also sprach Zarathustra, Op.30:
Prelude (Sonnenaufgang)
Nitsan Margaliot
When I was a Virgin

VR technology and applications used:
HTC VIVE, HTC Corporation
Lone Echo, Oculus Rift
Masterpiece VR, Oculus Rift
Space Pirate Trainer, I-Illusions
TiltBrush, Google VR

Playing with Virtual Realities has been realized by as part of Image Knowledge Gestaltung, Cluster of Excellence of Humboldt-University of Berlin, funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG). The project has been realized in collaboration with Institute for Games, Hochschule der Medien (HdM) Stuttgart, and with the Department of Theatre and Performance Studies, Free University of Berlin.

The premiere and the symposium of Playing with Virtual Realities took place at DOCK 11 Berlin, between 25-28.1.18.

In association with The International Network of Performance Philosophy

Claudia Lamas Cornejo, Amaya Steinhilber, Matthäus Oelschläger, Harumi Terayama, Jubal Battisti, Alexander Katan-Schmid, Aurica Mosse, Melissa Blanco Borelli, Friedrich Kirschner, Ruthie Abeliovich, Janice Ross, Wolfgang Schäffner, Scott DeLahunta, Thorsten S. Wiedemann, Sara Lisa Vogl, Alice Lagaay, Stephanie Amurao, Thomas Kowalski, J.Schulze & team CMS HU-Berlin.
We are grateful for the help of Mo.Ré; a collective for movement research.

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