SAF 2005 - Klaus Obermaier with Ars Electronica FutureLab, Robert Tannion and Desireé Kongerød


Singapore Arts Festival 2005 


~ The Season of Brilliance ~




Klaus Obermaier with Ars Electronica FutureLab, Robert Tannion and Desireé Kongerød (Austria) Apparition (Asian Premiere)


 Date : 6 - 8 June 2005
 Time : 8 pm
 Venue : University Cultural Centre Theatre
 Tickets : $42, $32, $21
 Duration : 60 minutes (no intermission)


Co-produced by Singapore Arts Festival, Ars Electronica Centre Linz,  South Bank Centre London


“Anyone coming to Obermaier’s world for the first time will rightly be dazzled by its hallucinatory beauty.” – The Guardian, UK


Post-show Dialogue with Klaus Obermaier on 6 June 2005


Programme Advisory: The immersive projections used during the performance may be dangerous to those prone to epilepsy fits


Ignite the senses in the iridescent world of digital dance, as award-winning composer and cross-media artist Klaus Obermaier presents the Asian Premiere of his latest multi-media spectable Apparition.


Last seen in the 2000 Singapore Arts Festival with his sensational sold-out performances of D.A.V.E., the ingenious Vienna-based Obermaier is back with the third of his series of pieces for the stage that integrate media and live dance performance.  Apparition pushes the boundaries of interactive performance further with its melding of live performance, sound, projection and an interactive system that comprises real-time image generation and computer vision.


In Apparition, the human body not only conveys expressions through dance movements but also acts as a canvas for dazzling images. This innovative digital dance work challenges the aesthetic potential of integrating interactive technologies, such as motion sensor and tracking technology, with live stage performance. 


Conceived and directed by Obermaier, Apparition is performed by an international team, including London-based dancers, Robert Tannion and Desireé Kongerød, and interaction designers and programmers Christopher Lindinger and Peter Brandl (from the Ars Electronica Futurelab in Linz, Austria). The system for motion tracking and analysis is developed by Hirokazu Kato from Japan.


The creation of this production involves a complex interplay between many factors including the two performers’ physicality and the dynamics of emergent choreographic forms. To closely reflect this complexity, a real-time system for generating visuals developed for Apparition is built on top of computational processes that model and simulate real-world physics.


The result is a hypnotic spectacle, which blurs the lines between human and technology.


Please refer to the attached annexes for more information:

 Annexes  - Synopsis and Director's Note
   - Profiles of Klaus Obermaier & Performers
   - Apparition Production Credits