New theatre and technology company TECHNODRAMATISTS invites you into their Performance Laboratory to behold the latest in theatrical, artistic and storytelling experimentation. Part stage show, part interactive exhibition, Technodramatists Performance Laboratory is a 3-week event showcasing Technodramatists’ and friends technologically integrated theatre, music and interactive narrative art.
Kids Play by Reese Thompson
The not-for-profit Recognize Theater uses the weARlive app to explore issues of gender and sexuality. Jenn, 13, wants two things from God: one, to be pretty, and two, for Andrea to be her BFF. When Andrea catches the attention of Jenn’s obnoxious step-brother, Derek, Jenn’s world is sent into a tailspin. Using the app’s face-sync technology, the older actors will appear on screen as pre-teens and seamlessly age over time to their mid-twenties, emphasizing the gap between our self-image and how the world sees us.
Cast: Gretchen Poole & Elizabeth Saunders
Directed By Kristin Heckler
Error: A Comedy Of - Selected Scenes
Shakespeare’s The Comedy of Errors, performed solo, augmented with real time motion capture animations, Actress Claire Tyers performs every role in the Bard’s hilarious tale of mistaken identity while connected to WeARlive Mainstage, Technodramatists’ augmented reality face-sync performance app, allowing her to control the facial expressions of projected animated avatars for each character she embodies. This is the public’s first peak into this production and WeARlive Mainstage, Technodramatists professional fully customizable face sync performance app.
Cast: Claire Tyers, Director: Noa Egozi, Technical Director: Robert Lester, Lighting and projection design: Kris Stone
Autokorrect - Face Sync Improv
Live cartoon improv with Technodramatists in-house troupe. This rotating group of up-and-coming NYC improv talent incorporates WeARlive Black Box into their repertoire of spontaneous scenes, games and absurdity, creating an improv show with never before seen visual comedic possibilities. Autokorrect is the most animated improv show the world has ever seen (and they only half-apologize for that joke) WeARlive Black Box is Technodramatists’ consumer level face sync performance app. Featuring Sarah Sixt, Anne Veal, Patrick Williams, Chris Bouknight, Don Chang, and Emily McKeown
Each week featuring a different musical guest!
Week 1 - Johnny Butler and AnA Collaborations
Grammy-award winning saxophonist Johnny Butler and dance-based production collective AnA Collaborations have teamed up on a new interdisciplinary piece that brings together live electro-acoustic musical performance and dance. Set to a score of polyphonic soundscapes solely from a saxophone and an algorithmic sound effect processing system, the piece travels through a series of abstract and visceral environments following the movement of both musician and dancer as they navigate these worlds and shift character.
Music: Johnny Butler
Choreography/Direction: AnA Collaborations (Alex Jenkins and Audrey Rachelle)
Performers: Johnny Butler, Alex Jenkins (June 9: Johnny Butler with Audrey Rachelle)
Week 2 - Red Rainbow (Anne Rhodes)
Red Rainbow is Rhodes's solo voice and electronics project, in which she uses variety of vocal styles, extended techniques, and bel canto vocalises to create loops that are at once noisy and lyrical, dissonant and harmonious.
Week 3 - Sway - Autonomous Music Performance
Sway is an interactive live electronic processing environment, created by multi-instrumentalist and composer Carl Testa, who will compose and perform an original set of electro-acoustic experimental music. As Testa plays the stand up bass, Sway’s processor analyzes the tone, density and amplitude of his performance and generates a dynamic musical collage that responds to changes in real-time.
The event will also feature interactive art and storytelling exhibits from some of Technodramatists’ friends and creative partners.
Artistic Director: Lorne Svarc
Supervising Producer: Brian Rardin
Stage Manager: Angelle Whavers