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October 31, 2006

Klaus Obermaier


Le Sacre du Printemps

Media-artist, director and composer Klaus Obermaier has created a new performance of Russian composer Igor Stravinsky’s classical ballet Le Sacre du Printemps. In Obermaier’s version, the classical ballet is expressed in the form of an interactive music, dance and 3D project.

On stage distributed stereo-cameras and a complex computer system transfer the dancer Julia Mach into a virtual three-dimensional space. Time layers and unusual views overlay and multiply themselves and enable a completely new perception of the body and its courses of motion. Real-time generated virtual spaces communicate and interact with the dancer. By means of 32 microphones the entire orchestra is integrated in the interactive process as well. Musical motifs, individual voices and instruments influence the form, movement and complexity of both the 3D projections of the virtual space and those of the dancer. As such, music is no longer only starting point, but also completion of the choreography.

Klaus Obermaier’s version of Le Sacre du Printemps was performed first at this year’s Ars Electronica Festival in Linz, Austria. [blogged by Lene Mailund on Digital Experience]

Posted by jo at October 31, 2006 02:56 PM