The Finnish National Opera and Ballet plans to make elephants fly – Open call for performance concepts using augmented reality

NEWS
8.6.2021

The Finnish National Opera and Ballet and the digital culture festival Assembly are calling teams to propose creative technological concepts that take live performance into new heights. The final result will be premiered on FNOB’s main stage in Autumn 2022.

The deadline for entries will close on July 31st, 2021

How could a live show be augmented digitally? For example, it can encourage interaction between the audience and the performances, or take the audience’s breath away by stunning visual or audio effects, like by surrounding the auditorium with a sound experience that will make elephants fly over each seat.

The technological concepts can be immersive, pervasive, multisensory, cross-disciplinary, interactive or game based. The concept can be based on audio, video, graphics, motion capture or volumetric video.

The final result will be CircOpera 2.0, a stage performance mixing opera, circus and immersive technology. It will be premiered on FNOB’s main stage in Autumn 2022, including acts with acrobatics, jugglers, somersaults through the air and multiple opera arias. The orchestra, choir, singers, dancers and circus artists as well as the visual world enriched with immersive technology will work together in creating a joyful, emotion-provoking and exciting performance.

The first CircOpera performance took place at the The Finnish National Opera and Ballet in 2016 and can be seen here.

Make your magic come alive on stage. Paint over it with your digital brush and unleash your imagination!

The only criteria is – the concept should enrich the spectacle in ways not experienced before. The deadline for entries will close on July 31st, 2021.

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The open call is part of The Finnish National Opera and Ballet’s project Opera Beyond that explores how to integrate various immersive technologies into performing arts productions.