Tamiko Thiel:

In the Land of Babari-an

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In the Land of Babari-an: Description and Images

live dance performance with interactive 3D stage set

The dance performance In the Land of Babari-an is an inner journey in which the dancers, Shinichi Iova-Koga and Ishide Takuya, incorporate their own East/West experiences with the fantastic stage set of The Travels of Mariko Horo, deriving inspiration both from Japanese mythology (Urashimataro, Musume Dojoji) and from Dante’s Divine Comedy. The two dancers are not however the wise Poet Virgil and naïve Pilgrim Dante, but rather two bumbling tourists who stumble – sometimes in harmony, sometimes in brutal conflict – between Heaven and Hell, between jewelled underwater palaces and the ruins of a post-apocalyptic Venice.

The space of the dance performance encompasses the stage in front of the screen, the 3D virtual world on the screen itself and the shadow world behind the screen. In front of the screen, colored stage lights controlled by light artist Rainer Ludwig integrate the dancers into the virtual world. Behind the screen the back-lit dancers – inspired by Dante’s “shades” – move as shadows through the virtual world, playing the full depth of the back stage to deepen the third dimension of the virtual image. Additionally, pre-processed images of the dancers appear in the virtual world, sometimes as angels, sometimes as lost and tortured souls. Thus the performance space traverses and includes the virtual space, integrating the dancers both in front and behind the screen as real and as virtual figures.

Here is a review of the performance (in German) from Ursula Hentschlaeger in the online journal artmagazine.cc.

The following photos were taken by Peter Graf and Horst Konietzny.


Eternal City

                                                                 PHOTOs: HORST KONIETZNY


Library of the Immortal Poet

                                                                  PHOTOs: HORST KONIETZNY


Riding the Gondola

                                                                  PHOTOs: HORST KONIETZNY


Dance among the Ruins

                                                                           PHOTOs: PETER GRAF


Cosmos of the Goddess of Mercy

                                                                           PHOTOs: PETER GRAF


Limbo of Lost Souls

                                                                             PHOTOs: PETER GRAF