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Technodramatists: XR Alchemy
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You’re watching a live performance. Suddenly, one actor becomes twelve. Animated rain begins falling. Colorful virtual sparks fly from a saxophonist’s instrument.
And it’s all part of the magic of Technodramatists.
Founded in 2018, New York-based Technodramatists is an innovative live-entertainment company. Their shows incorporate emerging technologies, including AR and motion capture. Virtual props, characters, effects and costumes can all be included in the experience.
These are all live-performance tools which the troupe have designed. They even have a face-sync technology which allows performers to use their faces to “puppeteer” their avatars!
Prior to the pandemic, Technodramatists offered a “Performance Lab” where audience members could see and experience these technologies, as well as the show itself. But then, the events of 2020 forced the company to adapt to a new format.
In February, 2021, Technodramatists performed their highly-successful show, “Alibi”, as a live-stream. Today, says Founder and CEO/Artistic Director Lorne Svarc, they’re planning additional performances. Those include one major new livestreamed project, and several “pop-up” events.
Meanwhile, they’ve also made their technology available for use by fellow creatives. You can find out more on their website.
Lorne shared the story of Technodramatists, offered a look at some of their onstage technology and previewed some upcoming performance events.
On this edition of Over Coffee®, we cover:
Where the magic started, for Lorne;
How he first came to incorporate technology into performances;
The birth of the Technodramatists troupe;
Technodramatists’ first AR-enhanced production;
A closer look at Technodramatists’ original performance technologies;
How the company pivoted to take their shows virtual, with the onset of the pandemic;
A challenge and a highlight, from the performers’ work during this process;
How to get updates on upcoming shows and experimental technologies;
A preview of some upcoming performance experiences;
Lorne’s behind-the-scenes look at creating the magic for “Alibi”;
How the cast make their interactions with augmented-reality props and scenery go smoothly;
What Lorne finds especially magical in his creative work, combining storytelling and cutting-edge technology;
A preview of Technodramatists’ next big project (this is going to be exciting!).