Substratum is a spectacular fusion of digital arts and vertical dance and is set to an original contemporary score. Local architecture is the stage for this unique outdoor event and is transformed with site-specific 3D light projections and acrobatic dance performance.
Dive into an immersive, dynamic, multi-dimensional spectacle where dancers move between worlds, whilst walking, leaping, and flying off the walls.
Hypnotic and arresting by turns, a performance that explores boundaries; between bodies and bricks, between gravity and technology, between certainty and impossibility.
Substratum is a fully immersive performance experience.
3D projection mapping is developed in preparation for a performance by our team of artist technologists Limbic Cinema.
This is bespoke new work created to specifically animate a chosen site and includes things like crumbling walls, flapping windows and bending and morphing of the existing architecture.
Combined with our set material, vertical dancers interact with animated projections on the surface of the building to create a powerful and dynamic spectacle.
A contemporary electronic soundtrack, created by award-winning composer Ahmet Kenan Bilgic, adds another dimension to the performance. The expertly produced track wraps the audience in sound and plays an integral part in the immersive experience.
Substratum has shown to engage a wide spectrum of ages and interests including younger ‘harder to reach audiences and can entertain audiences in the multiple thousands.
Substratum was created following a collaborative research project investigating the immersive and illusory potential of projection mapping and vertical dance to create outdoor augmented reality experiences for audiences and engage the spectator in a virtuReal theatrical performance.
Substratum means an underlying layer, substance, or bassline and typically refers to a sub stratospheric layer. It could broadly be interpreted to mean the surface of the planet on which we live or even the heartbeat of those who live.
Conceptually the work explores our human environmental vulnerability within the context of our evolutionary process. It takes the imagination towards a digital dystopian future while asking audiences to reconnect with the beauty of nature through a fluid aesthetic journey that draws on the power of the elements.
While seemingly solid surfaces shift fluidly under foot, Substratum explores how a changing environment affects how we move within and experience our world.