Jun 26, 2020

Experiments in Digital Storytelling: EXEGESIS

La MaMa and CultureHub in collaboration with Dream Adoption Society

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Experiments in Digital Storytelling is an initiative by CultureHub and La MaMa that explores the potential of emerging technologies to create dynamic and engaging live storytelling experiences. Initially set as an in-person series in The Downstairs at La MaMa, CultureHub brings the initiative fully online with open rehearsals, prototype performances, and discussions.

La MaMa and CultureHub are collaborating with Dream Adoption Society, a laboratory and artistic group founded by director Krzysztof Garbaczewski, operating since 2017 in the context of theatre and contemporary art using VR/AR/AI and other new technologies. In their new performance, Exegesis, Dream Adoption Society creates a VR meditation that happening between virtual realms and Philip K. Dick’s Exegesis.

What is VR theatre? A specially designed, computer-generated virtual space is a meeting place for actors, director, choreographer, composer, cinematographer and other people who are part of the team. Each of them has a digital body in the form of an avatar so that they can move, gesture, touch and move three-dimensional objects. Thanks to cyber rehearsals, the team prepares performances, which are finally broadcast live on the web.

Performed by:
Ananstasiia Vorobiova, Iza Szostak, Danusia Trevino, Jim Fletcher, Jan Duszyński,
Krzysztof Garbaczewski, Robert Mleczko, Sebastian Krysiak

Director: Krzysztof Garbaczewski
Video: Jonathan Caouette
Live music: Jan Duszyński
Digital art: Anastasia Vorobiova
Camera: Robert Mleczko, Sebastian Krysiak
Dramaturgy: Andrzej Serafin

The show is produced under the following program(s):

Experiments Play Reading Series


Now accepting submissions! For the 21st season of La MaMa Experiments we will focus on theatre-makers working outside the American experience. Whether it’s plays about navigating the UK’s National Health Service or escaping an arranged marriage in India’s upperclass society, each month during our season we will present works in progress that explore universal themes set in frameworks foreign to most Americans.

Online Happenings


Presented by La MaMa and CultureHub, La MaMa is exploring ways to respond creatively to a situation that is potentially changing how we gather as a community in our theatres. La MaMa is working with CultureHub to provide online streaming of select productions and events on Howlround Theatre Commons.

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