Creativate, the inaugural digital art festival curated by Toby Shapshak, brings the future to the National Arts Festival this year. One of the offerings, produced by Mads Damsbo, proves to be a exciting feature this year. Doghouse, directed by Johan Knattrup Jensen, puts a new spin on performance arts as it immerses the audience in a virtual reality.
The performers of the show are the audiences themselves, giving each of the five members a choice of characters around the table at an uncomfortable family dinner. The audience-turned-performer is encouraged to choose a character that contradicts their real life, so that the experience is both digital and emotional at the same time.
The familiarity between what your reality and who you are as a person becomes distorted: and this is exactly the aim of the performance.
Sungeni Karonga, an assistant at Urban Projections (a Creativate contributor), proudly agreed the 18-minute sketch is one of the most popular feature at the venue. A member of the audience shared that it is easy to forget that you’re in the real world. This is an exciting production for all ages, and comes with a fair warning of potential motion-sickness.
Be sure to check this production out at Eden Grove. It happens daily every half an hour between 10:00 and 16:00.
By Shraddha Patnala