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New to Stream this July

As winter sets in and lockdowns take effect, it's time to cosy up and tune in. Stream is here to take you away.

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Lockdown may be back for many, but Stream is alive with parallel worlds, alternative visions and possible futures to inspire you over the coming month. In Outlines, artists and performers from Australia and around the world take cutting edge technology and turn it toward their creative practice, from motion-capture explorations of dreamscapes and midsummer forests to AI-designed choreography and a remix of Shakespeare. There’s also the latest in the popular Footlights & Booklights series for kids, an all-new Shortwave, and an Indigenous night of Country, community and culture in time for NAIDOC week. Much to explore!

Outlines

This new digital mini season turns technology over to artists and performers, giving creatives across a range of disciplines the scope to imagine the fascinating possibilities of future tech put to alternative use.  

Apotheosis

Inspired by the neon menace of Spring Breakers and the future-visions of Cyberpunk, this new work by experimental art collective SOFT CENTRE and groundbreaking 3D artist Serwah Attafuah uses motion-capture technology to take you on a journey through a hallucinogenic dreamscape populated by demons, abandoned Western Sydney landmarks and NPC doomers. Recorded in May this year with a soundtrack by ptwiggs and choreography by Lydia Kivela, it’s the first presentation of Serwah’s acclaimed, hyper-real 3D work to incorporate motion-capture functionality, allowing her to explore the possibilities of performance – and radical reclamations of space – in thrilling real time.

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R+J RMX

What if – 500-year-old spoiler alert! – Romeo and Juliet survived that fateful night in Verona? What if Shakespeare was an intelligent software program capable of endlessly rewriting his famous tale of star cross’d lovers? R+J RMX is a performance of Romeo and Juliet based on variations of the original text generated by Omelia, a revolutionary narrative software developed for game engines and Hollywood. Omelia rewrites Shakespeare’s script in real-time, prompting performers to respond and act out the variations as they happen. Combining avant garde technology with some of Australia’s best dancers and performers, R+J RMX poses fascinating questions about creative collaboration with artificial intelligence. Are machines simply tools for creatives, or can they be considered artists? Will the software permutations generate compelling new dramatic scenarios, or will everything descend into chaos?

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Beyond Black

This new performance by The Korea National Contemporary Dance Company wonders what would happen if artificial intelligence deep-learned the moves of its dancers – and then choreographed their performance. For Beyond Black, AI studied hundreds of hours of data containing the movements of the company’s dancers and choreographed a performance according to its findings. The dancers then took this choreography and used it for their own performance, essentially enacting versions of their own bodies as refracted through the vision of a machine. The result is an often surreal look at the dissonance between the bodies of the dancers and the programming assumptions made by the AI, one which further asks the question, “Can artificial intelligence create human art?”

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Dream

It’s a double dose of the Bard this month as The Royal Shakespeare Company, in collaboration with Manchester International Festival, Marshmallow Laser Feast and Philharmonia Orchestra, present this fascinating exploration into the future of performance. Inspired by A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Dream uses real-time motion-capture technology to render the actors’ movements in abstract CGI, while the symphonic score is manipulated by the performers’ actions to create interactive music. It’s a trip through the play’s dreamlike world as you’ve never seen it – Puckish in every sense.

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NAIDOC Week – Yarning Country

In time for NAIDOC week, Stream is hosting Yarning Country, a healing night of Country, community and culture recorded live at the Sydney Opera House in June. Curated by Warlpiri woman and presenter Rachael Hocking, the performance brings together some of the community’s most creative voices, including experimental hip-hop musician DRMNGNOW, writer and poet Jeanine Leane and singer-songwriter Uncle Vic Simms, with artwork by Rhiannon Chapman.

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Also new to Stream...

The Sydney Opera House artist series’ Shortwave continues with Xanthe Dobbie’s desktop performance Eidolon, a “fanatical ode to the image” that conflates past and present, fact and fiction, J.Lo’s Versace dress and Helen of Troy for an act of post-truth myth making.

Also returning is the Sydney Opera House’s popular story-time series Footlights & Booklights, with Australian actress Pia Miranda reading Bin Chicken, Jol and Kate Temple’s ode to the great, foraging bird that will outlive us all: the Ibis.

And don't miss Badu Gili: Wonder Woman, a collaboration between the Opera House and the Art Gallery of New South Wales which weaves together the works and stories of six female First Nations artists through a vibrant animation projected onto the sails.

Finally, join the likes of Nigella Lawson, Yotam Ottolenghi and Bill Granger for some free culinary inspiration via the Talking Food series.

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