Enlighten was the delightful collaboration between physical theatre company Born in a Taxi and Ramus…
Enlighten, White Nights Melbourne
Light explodes from a giant transparent cube revealing three luminescent angels on a mission from heaven.
Enlighten was the delightful collaboration between physical theatre company Born In A Taxi and Ramus for Melbourne’s White Night festival 2017.
Housed in a 4m transparent cube and visible from all sides, Enlighten integrated dance, comedy and participatory theatre with interactive lighting and projections. Made possible with our immensely talented creative team of interactive software designers David Hayes and Jonathan Wiseman from Iion NZ, and projection and lighting designers Andrei Chlebnikowski and Brad Alcock from BAAC Light.
Ramus looked to creatively direct a light/ video installation to support the performers vision of Enlighten as a visual meditation on how we connect and what’s important…with a playful take on our search for the divine.
To support the improvisational nature of the performance, iion developed real-time tracking-based interactive content-pieces projected onto the four surfaces of the cube. Using a Kinect sensor for skeletal tracking within the bounds of the cube, player positions and gestures could be derived for use by the bespoke interactive engine. A number of scenes during the performance utilised the interactive engine to amplify players’ movements and to create delightful interactions between the performers and the projected aspects of the scene.
Four projection towers allowed for a complete surround image to be projected, with 16 surfaces being video mapped. Moving and static light fixtures both inside and outside the cube, along with LED spots and pointes for intensely concentrated vertical beams of light to be projected into the night sky, created a beautifully ethereal and dramatic tone.
An ambitious and experimental work, Enlighten at White Night was a sensory delight a journey into an ethereal world, transporting audiences from the sublime to the ridiculous.
Show Creators – Born in a Taxi
Cube Design – David Murphy
Sound Design – Michael Havir
Ramus Creative Team
Lighting and Video Creative Direction – Ramus
Interactive Design – iion NZ, David Hayes and Jonothan Wiseman
Lighting, Projection, Audio – BAAC Light, Brad Alcock and Andrei Chlebnikowski, Daniel Gosling, Conrad Hendricks, Tom Hall, Matthew Silk
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