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10 Immersive Theater Companies To Discover

Immersive theater has been proliferating throughout the contemporary performance and theater fields in the last 10 years. Discover 10 immersive theater companies working today. 1. PunchDrunk (London/NYC) www.punchdrunk.com “Since 2000, Punchdrunk has pioneered a game changing form of theatre in which roaming audiences experience epic storytelling inside sensory theatrical worlds. Blending classic texts, physical performance, award-winning design installation and unexpected sites, the company’s infectious format rejects the passive obedience usually expected of audiences. Punchdrunk has developed a phenomenal reputation for transformative productions that focus as much on the audience and the performance space as on the performers and narrative. Inspired designers occupy deserte...

10 Immersive Theater Companies To Discover – 3. dreamthinkspeak (London)

3. dreamthinkspeak (London) www.dreamthinkspeak.com “dreamthinkspeak creates and produces the work of Tristan Sharps and is internationally recognised as a pioneering creator of site-responsive performance. Its work interweaves live performance with film and installations to create extraordinary journeys that are ambitious in scale, visually layered and popular with audiences wherever they are performed. Since its formation in 1999, the company has played a key role in the evolution of site-responsive work in the UK and beyond. The company is committed to developing the artistic ambition of these pioneering creations, and expanding the scope and number of audiences upon whom the work has such a transformative impact. The company is based in Brighton and, with a small core team, dream...

10 Immersive Theater Companies To Discover – 4. Fruit for the Apocalypse (London)

4. Fruit for the Apocalypse (London) www.fruit-for-the-apocalypse.eu “Fruit for the Apocalypse create and present new audio-kinetic adventures in Opera, Ballet and Composition working with emerging artists and forging new collaborations in a site-responsive context. We are a diverse collective of artists and producers who make experimental work. Our name comes from a tin of peaches – our adopted symbol of an eternity of ephemeral potential, locked within a cautious, nihilistic and consumer packaged society. We like to think of ourselves as romantic tin-openers – working to free the fruit from the redundant cold war stockpile. We collaborate with many different people – our main aim is to make and do rather than wait and do nothing. One of our productions, The Surrea...

10 Immersive Theater Companies To Discover – 8. Coney (London)

8. Coney (London) http://coneyhq.org/ “Coney are interactive theatre-makers. We create games, adventures and play where people can choose to take a meaningful part. Our work takes place anywhere that people gather: in theatres, schools, museums, on the streets and online and always follows the principles of adventure, curiosity and loveliness. The experience starts when you first hear about it, and only ends when you stop thinking and talking about it. We make play with ideas that resonate in the world around us: from the everyday to the extraordinary. Our work is inspired by the belief that the world can be magical place where ordinary people can do extraordinary things. Collaboration and dialogue are at the heart of how we make work: with audiences, peers, partners, and a network o...

10 Immersive Theater Companies To Discover – 10 Difference Engine (London)

10. Difference Engine (London) differencengine.co.uk “differencEngine are an Off West End nominated company specialising in immersive & interactive theatre. The company was co-founded by Jon Cooper & Andrew Somerville in 2014. Their debut show HEIST was initially meant to run for three weeks, it ran for nine months & sold out in minutes, astounding audiences & partners alike. HEIST saw audiences breaking into a building, interacting through headsets & cameras and attempting to steal a painting without being caught.” – Difference Engine website  

In Performance: Michael Clark – come, been and gone (Vienna, Austria)

come, been and gone Michael Clark Festspielhaus St.Pölten 4.5.2013 St.Pölten, Austria The incredible dancers of the Michael Clark Company from London present revolutionary contemporary dance in which the worlds of classical ballet, modern dance and explosive rock music meet and coexist in perfect harmony in their work “come, been and gone”. The choreographer Michael Clark, a highly accomplished and award-winning dancer and an alumnus of the Royal Ballet School in London, plays with classical forms that he both celebrates and deconstructs. Daring costumes, radical changes in style, exaggerations, ingenuity, creativity, great visual sense and magical lighting direction make his evenings an unforgettable experience. The German newspaper FAZ said of his choreographies that “D...

In Performance: Hofesh Shechter – Political Mother (St.Pölten, Austria)

Political Mother Hofesh Shechter Festspielhaus St.Pölten 16.2.2013 St.Pölten, Austria The Israeli choreographer Hofesh Shechter, who recently received a variety of talent and newcomer awards, continues his string of successes with his work “Political Mother”, which premiered in 2010. The piece follows on from the works “Uprising” and “In your rooms”. In 2008, critics described Hofesh Shecter as someone to watch, celebrating the work of the drummer and dancer who is in residence at the Brighton Dome as a new form of contemporary dance. “Political Mother” is louder, faster and more furious than his previous works, and music once again functions as the guiding theme of the performance. A band of drummers and guitarists, a group of dancers and a lightshow reminiscent of a rock concert fire up ...