Immersive Theater

5 Currents In Contemporary Performance To Know (Free PDF)

Currents focuses on a set of topics concerning the fields of Theater and Contemporary Performance. The book focuses on contemporary performing artists and companies pushing the formal relationships of architecture, artist, and audience. This first publication five areas on the forefront of this research were explored; Contemporary Choreography Mixed Reality Performance Performance Cabaret Immersive Theatre Social Engaged Art. Each section of this book includes an introduction to the specific practice, a conversation with an artist, and a list of artists working in and around the specific practice. Currents is published by Contemporary Performance and edited by Caden Manson and is also available in hardcopy Download a free PDF of the book, please fill out the form below. This work is licens...

Immersive Theater: In Conversation With Shasta Geaux Pop

In Conversation with Shasta Geaux Pop Interviewed by Terrence I. Mosley The Contemporary Performance Think Tank is organized by Contemporary Performance Network. Each year the Think Tank focuses on a set of topics concerning the fields of Theater and Contemporary Performance and conducts research and interviews to produce a paper as a resource for practitioners. This year’s topic is contemporary performing artists and companies redefining relationships with audience and pushing the formal relationships of architecture, artist, and audience. For this paper the Think Tank chose five areas on the forefront of this research to explore; Contemporary Choreography, Mixed Reality Performance, Performance Cabaret, Immersive Theatre, and Social Engaged Art. Each section of this paper includes an in...

What Is Immersive Theater?

Immersive theater is a performance form emphasizing the importance of space and design; curating tangible, sensual environments; and focusing on personal, individual audience experience.2 The form has emerged over the past two decades as a major movement in performance and finds itself today within a mainstream moment. As a form which subverts much of the established relationships of conventional theater, its success can be seen as reflecting a larger need in today’s audiences. With much of contemporary life taking place in ungrounded, digital spaces audiences long to exist as physical bodies in actual locations; presented with a culture that is two dimensional, today’s audiences seek expansive, visceral stimuli; within a society lacking privacy, audiences find the prospect of an intimate,...

10 Immersive Theater Companies To Discover – 2. Third Rail (NYC)

2. Third Rail (NYC) “Hailed as one of the foremost companies creating site-specific, immersive and experiential dance and theater, Third Rail Projects, led by Artistic Directors Zach Morris, Tom Pearson, and Jennine Willett, is dedicated to re-envisioning ways in which audiences engage with contemporary performance. They have made work in New York, nationally, and abroad since 2000. Their currently running, award-winning immersive hit Then She Fell, was named as one of the “Top Ten Shows of the 2012” by Ben Brantley of The New York Times, and acclaimed as one of the best theater experiences of 2013 by Vogue. In 2016, the company premiered four major works, all of which were met with massive critical and audience recognition: As Time Goes By in St. Petersburg, Ru...

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) “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) “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) “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 – 5. Wilderness (Los Angeles)

5. Wilderness (Los Angeles) “Wilderness works internationally to push the envelope of the traditional theatre-going experience. Inspired by disused, unexplored and uninhabited spaces, we create immersive, experiential and interdisciplinary theatrical events that disrupt the boundaries between observer and observed. We offer intimate live experiences in a variety of traditional and non-traditional spaces, which have hitherto included a disused engine shop in Los Angeles, the former BBC executive offices in London, the Bush Theatre attic in London, the proscenium stage at the Getty Villa, and the backstage fly loft at the San Francisco Playhouse. Founded in 2011 by Artistic Director Annie Saunders, the award-winning company has been described as “a company of th...

10 Immersive Theater Companies To Discover – 6. Speakeasy Dollhouse (NYC)

Speakeasy Dollhouse is a time capsule transporting audiences to the scene of a riveting crime and then inviting them to live fully in that world, erasing the boundary between themselves and the performers.

10 Immersive Theater Companies To Discover – 7. We Players (San Francisco)

We Players presents site-integrated performance events that transform public spaces into realms of participatory theater.

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

Coney are interactive theatre-makers. We create games, adventures and play where people can choose to take a meaningful part.

10 Immersive Theater Companies To Discover – 9. Pearl Damour (NYC/New Orleans)

Pearl Damour is an Obie-Award winning collaborative team who create performance both inside and outside traditional theater spaces. They are known for large-scale performances that mix theater and installation — such as How to Build a Forest, an 8-hour performance in which we assemble and disassemble a simulated forest on an empty stage over 8 hours – and intimate performances designed for small audiences — such as Bird Eye Blue Print, created for a set of small vacant offices in the World Financial Center in Manhattan.

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