Eight

description

Eight is a mixed reality project by the composer and director Michel van der Aa, featuring singer-songwriter Kate Miller-Heidke and the Nederlands Kamerkoor. Van der Aa has collaborated with designer Theun Mosk and virtual reality company The Virtual Dutch Men to create a unique, groundbreaking fusion of musical theatre, VR and visual art.

You’re surrounded by darkness – a path on the floor is the only thing you can make out. You hear footsteps; an old woman comes walking towards you. Her hand reaches for the wall, it bends with her touch and stretches out into a curved hallway. When you follow the woman around the corner, you suddenly find yourself face to face with her younger self.

Eight tells a woman’s poignant life story in reverse chronological order. Visitors, equipped with VR glasses and headphones, move one by one through an installation. They can manipulate physical and virtual objects, and meet the woman at various crucial moments in her life. The woman’s memories are spread out all across the flexible walls in the form of interactive hieroglyphs, ready to be activated. Actual hallways merge almost imperceptibly with virtual hallways, creating an infinite space.

The music that plays throughout the installation forms the centrepiece of a new album that is to be released prior to Eight’s world premiere.

eight still

Eight is commissioned by the Holland Festival, Festival International d’Art Lyrique d’Aix-en-Provence, Château La Coste, Beijing Music Festival and KunstFestSpiele Herrenhausen

With support of Fonds Podiumkunsten, Stimuleringsfonds Creatieve Industrie, Amsterdams Fonds voor de Kunst, Gieskes-Strijbis Fonds, Ammodo, Nederlands Kamerkoor, and doubleA Foundation

Eight is not recommended for individuals with claustrophobia, heart conditions, back conditions, a history of seizures, epilepsy, and/or sensitivity to flashing lights. It is not recommended for visitors under the age of 12.

eight visitor

Cast
Kate Miller-Heidke – Mezzo-soprano/actress
Livia Kolk – Soprano/actress
Vakil Eelman – Actress
Nederlands Kamerkoor, cond. Boudewijn Jansen

Team
Michel van der Aa – Composer/director/script
Theun Mosk – Design installation and set VR
The Virtual Dutch Men – VR creation & production
Madelon Kooijman, Niels Nuijten – Dramaturges
Thijs de Vlieger – Music producer
Esmee Thomassen – Costume/Styling

Ellen van Bunnik (’n More) – Production Manager
Siemen van der Werf – Technical director
Rosita Wouda (doubleA foundation) – Financial director

VR
The Virtual Dutch Men

Production & realization:
Roelof Terpstra – Producer
Bart Kok – Production Advisor

VR Development & Visual effects:
Richard de Paauw – Lead Developer
Ahnill Christiaans – Assistant Developer
Ruben von Piekartz – 3D modeller
Vytautas Udalovas – Assistant 3D modeller

Technical realization & programming:
Stefan Leushuis – Technical Lead
Tim Moelard – Creative Lead

Motion Capture/ Character animation
Ivo Slivkov – Lead Character animation/ Motion Capture specialist

Th3rd
Tristan Bethe – Photogrammetry specialist

instrumentation

Virtual reality installation
2018-2019

mezzo-soprano
soprano (child)
actress
Choir (4.4.4.4)

Soundtrack, 360 surround
Virtual Reality

details

Duration 15'
Commissioned by Holland Festival, Festival d’Aix-en-Provence, KunstFestSpiele Herrenhausen, Beijing Festival. With support of Fonds Podiumkunsten, Stimuleringsfonds Creatieve Industrie, Amsterdams Fonds voor de Kunst, Nederlands Kamerkoor, Gieskes-Strijbis fonds
Published by doubleA foundation

video

Eight - teaser

eightvirtual reality installation ft. Kate Miller-Heidke
1:22 min.

performances

Upcoming performances:

  • 04 June 2019
    Virtual Reality installation. Kate Miller-Heidke, Nederlands Kamerkoor
    Runs from 4-23 June.
    Muziekgebouw aan 't IJ, BAM zaal, Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • 10 June 2019
    Virtual Reality installation. Kate Miller-Heidke, Nederlands Kamerkoor
    Runs from 4-23 June.
    Muziekgebouw aan 't IJ, BAM zaal, Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • 17 June 2019
    Virtual Reality installation. Kate Miller-Heidke, Nederlands Kamerkoor
    Runs from 4-23 June.
    Muziekgebouw aan 't IJ, BAM zaal, Amsterdam, Netherlands